Capella Regalis: Founding to Present

Winter 2010

Launch Party for a men and boys choir under the direction of Nick Halley. The launch party features some singing by the prospective men of the choir, an information session for boys and parents, and sign-ups for auditions.

Spring 2010

  First round of recruitment shows in Halifax North End elementary schools featuring the men of the choir. First auditions held at St. George’s Round Church, Halifax. 18 boys ages 7 – 12 are accepted into the choir.
First rehearsal of the boys. Nick describes the first rehearsal as “crowd control”. Once weekly rehearsals continue at St. George’s Round Church throughout the spring.
First “Head Boy” appointed: Joey.
June 18, 2010 Début Concert at St. George’s Round Church, Halifax.
The new choir performs to a full audience, and the attendees include the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Fall 2010

  Mike Blackwood joins the organization as Choir Manager.
The choir is invited to become a part of the University of King’s College Chapel music programme. The choir, now of 16 boys and 8 men, is named Capella Regalis.
The organization establishes a website.
First Evensong sung by Capella Regalis in the King’s College Chapel for a full congregation. This begins the choir’s ongoing, popular “Evensong Series” (the first Tuesday of every month).
December 20, 2010
Capella Regalis  performs on CBC for the “Feed Nova Scotia” drive.
First Christmas concert performance: To Bethlehem with King’s, First Baptist Church, Halifax. The choir performs to a full house.

Spring 2011

The boys begin rehearsing twice weekly. The choir sings at the “Courage to Give Back” awards in the Cunard Center.The boys sing in two performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the King’s College Chapel Choir at St. John’s Church, Lunenburg and All Saints Cathedral, Halifax.
The choir sings the opening service of the Diocesan Synod for Nova Scotia and PEI at All Saints Cathedral, Halifax.
Continuing recruitment efforts with men’s performances in 8 schools in Halifax and Dartmouth result in over 30 new boys auditioning.The choir performs a Nova Scotia Tour with concerts in Lunenburg, Annapolis Royal, Port Williams, and culminating in a Halifax performance to another full house at First Baptist Church. The tour is documented on video by a camera crew that travels with the choir.

Summer 2011

A Canada Council grant sends Artistic Director Nick Halley to England for one month to study with the directors of the men and boys choirs of Westminster Abbey and Winchester Cathedral.

Fall 2011

8 new boys enter the choir, each one paired with a senior boy mentor. The choir begins arranging transportation for boys who do not have their own transportation to and from rehearsals. The choir continues to sing monthly Evensongs in the King’s College Chapel, the boys increasingly able to perform more complex music.First annual Service of Investiture to invest new boys into the choir and to appoint Head Boy and Prefects. The service is a joint investiture service with the King’s College Chapel Choir.Second “Head Boy” appointed: Kelvin
The choir performs at various events, including the Chama Benefit Concert for malaria victims in Africa; at the Halifax Farmer’s Market; and at the Lieutenant Governor’s Annual Christmas Reception.
Second annual Christmas concert: To Bethlehem with King’s at First Baptist church, Halifax. Another full house.

Spring 2012

Mike Blackwood moves from Halifax; Paul Rogers is appointed as Choir Manager.

The choir begins singing weekly (increased from monthly) Evensongs in the King’s College Chapel, with a fresh slate of music learned and performed on a weekly basis.

The boys perform in three performances of Missa Gaia: Earth Mass with the King’s Chorus and a stellar line-up of guest artists in St. John’s Church, Lunenburg; University Hall, Wolfville; and First Baptist Church, Halifax.
Capella Regalisbecomes officially registered as an organization in Nova Scotia.Vanessa Halley joins the choir as Manager
  Barbara Butler becomes the Chair of the Capella Regalis Board and the choir is invited to become and educational outreach programme of Musique Royale

Group photo

First choir camp is held at St Anne’s Camp in the Annapolis ValleyCamp week is detailed, with photographs, on the choir’s blog

Fall 2012

  The choir is invited by the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia to perform a concert at St John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg, in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The choir performs to a full audience.
Second annual Investiture Service welcomes five new boys to the choir, appoints two new prefects and a new head boy.Third Head Boy: Gabriel
Capella Regalis joins the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and The King’s Chorus for a performance of Carmina Burana at St Mary’s University on November 25th.
Third Annual “To Bethlehem with Kings”. The choir is adding concerts this year:Dec 21, 2012, 7:00pm, at Christ Church Anglican in Windsor, NSDec 22, 2012, 7:00pm, at St John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg, NS

Dec 23, 2012, 7:00pm, at First Baptist Church in Halifax, NS