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To Bethlehem with King’s – reprise

January 21st, 2013 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (Comments Off on To Bethlehem with King’s – reprise)

We recently received some lovely photos of the Halifax To Bethlehem with Kings concert from Maritime Brass photographer, Kathy MacCulloch, and wanted to share them with you. (Thanks Kathy!)

In case you missed it, over the weekend of December 21-23, 2012, the boys and men of Capella Regalis performed the third annual Christmas concert, To Bethlehem With Kings, at three Nova Scotia venues – Christ Church, Windsor; St John’s Church, Lunenburg; and First Baptist Church, Halifax. The choir performed to full houses and was joined by Paul Halley on pipe organ, Greg Moffatt on trumpet, and the Maritime Brass Quintet for the Halifax performance. From the Gregorian Chant processional “Hodie, Christus Natus Est” to the final hymn, “Joy to the World”, the concerts included beautiful carols both ancient and modern, and no less than five hymns with enthusiastic audience participation.

photos - Kathy MacCulloch

Welcome back

January 14th, 2013 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (Comments Off on Welcome back)

Weekly Choral Evensongs start tomorrow, January 15th, at 5pm in the College Chapel.

This semester, we’re able to add a little variety to our Evensong settings:

  • On the first Tuesday of the month, Evensong will be sung by the full  choir – men and boys.
  • On the second and fourth Tuesdays, the boys of the choir will sing Evensong.
  • And new this term, on the third Tuesday of the month, the men will sing Evensong.

Confused? Check our events page, or follow us on Twitter, our facebook page or facebook group.

Also coming up this term – we will be the guests of the Parish of Cornwallis in Port Williams, NS for Evensong on February 10th.
As well, there is a tour being planned for May 16 -21, and a season finale concert in Halifax on May 26. We’ll have more details on those events as the dates get closer.

 

To Bethlehem with Kings – Director’s letter

January 6th, 2013 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (Comments Off on To Bethlehem with Kings – Director’s letter)

From the 2012 To Bethlehem with Kings concert programme:

WELCOME FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Dear Friends,

Last Sunday, the King’s Chapel Choir wrapped up its fifth annual series of A King’s Christmas, and here we are now with Capella Regalis in its third season (with three performances) of To Bethlehem with Kings. My father, Paul Halley, and I were asked in a recent CBC interview to discuss the trials and tribulations of life as choral directors during the period leading up to Christmas, the hectic schedule of rehearsals and performances, the frantic publicizing, organizing, and behind-the-scenes chaos of pulling this off. However, neither Paul nor I could describe this time of glorious music-making as anything other than sheer pleasure – as anything other than a gift.

The boys of Capella Regalis kicked off the academic year with their first Choir Camp, a week of rehearsing, sporting, and the general merriment of rustic camp life among friends. This fall, the choir performed for the Lieutenant Governor and a full house at St John’s Lunenburg in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee, as well as with the Kings Chorus under the baton of Dinuk Wijeratne in the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra’s performance of Carmina Burana. At the heart of our programme are the weekly Evensongs in the Chapel of the University of King’s College, and with a tour in May, it seems we’re not far from my dream of Choir School life.

I’m often asked what a boy learns in Capella Regalis. The boys learn their music with me and the other men in the choir, with Paul Halley and Nick Veltmeyer (Organ Scholar at King’s) accompanying. Nick (familiarly “Nico”) also runs what is quickly developing into our Junior Choir, where new boys catch up on the skills that give the full-fledged chorister his edge. In addition to learning bits of Latin, French, and German, and what Alexander MacLeod in his reading from A King’s Christmas called “the dots and lines of music’s great code”, the boys become increasingly skilled at the subtleties of phrasing and vocal production. But I think there is something more: together we are learning teamwork and the commitment, compassion, even devotion, that ultimately produces real leadership and fulfillment – the kind of fulfillment that can direct us out of our darkness, toward the Light.

And what do I learn in Capella Regalis? Is the continual effort required to pull off another Evensong, another concert, to get everyone home safely, to keep our youthful choristers engaged, a burden of countless cares and concerns? Or, is it an arena of grace where we see these young people plunge into the rich and vast depths of transformative music? Truthfully, it is a bit of both; it is real. Yet,

with this able administration, this superb board, and an increasingly devoted cast of parents and volunteers, my role in this group has become a great pleasure and a great musical reward.

Capella Regalis is daily fulfilling its mission and that is exciting. We are still at the beginning of our path, but we are making great strides, and I ask for your continued support in whatever form you are able to give it. The boys and men, the parents and volunteers, and especially you, our wonderful audience, are enough to fill even the most frantic, chaotic, Advent-laden choral director with gratitude.

Thank you for joining us this evening,

Nick