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From Halifax to Vienna

April 11th, 2016 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (Comments Off on From Halifax to Vienna)

Max Freer, one of our choristers, has won a place with the Vienna Boys’ choir! Sadly for us, this means that Max has joined the school in Austria, but we’re very excited for him and this wonderful opportunity.

Read the full story on the CBC Nova Scotia website.

Congratulations Max!

To Bethlehem with Kings

December 31st, 2015 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (Comments Off on To Bethlehem with Kings)

Dear friends,

The Capella Regalis team would like to thank you all for your continued support of the choir. The first part of the 2015-2016 season has seen many changes for the choir – a new home for Tuesday Evensongs at All Saints’ Cathedral – Halifax, new leadership for our probationers programme with Dominque Saulnier, and 4 boys invested in choir.

We continued our tradition of taking our Christmas programme, To Bethlehem with Kings, on the road with performances in Windsor, Lunenburg and Halifax, Nova Scotia. We had some of our largest audiences yet for those performances and are delighted with the support from concert goers. Thanks to sponsorship from Elizabeth Kobes Landscape Design, we were able to record the concert in Halifax.

We hope you’re enjoying the holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in 2016!

Excerpts from the concert:
Audio recorded by John Adams/Stonehouse Sound. Video recorded by Katy Hopkins/The Picture House.

Full concert:
Audio recorded by John Adams/Stonehouse Sound. Video recorded by Katy Hopkins/The Picture House.

2015-2016 Season

October 25th, 2015 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (Comments Off on 2015-2016 Season)

Welcome to our 2015 -2016 season!

Capella Regalis continues to develop with some new faces on staff, in the choir, and a new regular venue for our Tuesday Evensongs.

Welcome to Dominque Saulnier, who is leading the Friday Chorister programme this year. Dominque takes over from Nicolas Veltmeyer who has been appointed Music Director at Christ Church (Anglican) in Dartmouth. Nico continues to sing with Capella Regalis.

Dominique is a second year student at the University of King’s College and a chorister in the Chapel Choir. She has experience teaching flute and piano and is excited to be part of the Capella Regalis team. Welcome Dominque!

In mid-October, Tuesday Choral Evensongs moved to All Saints’ Cathedral. This gives the choir the experience of singing in the Cathedral acoustic on a weekly basis. The choir continues to rehearse at the University of King’s College and maintains its connection there. The Service of Investiture for new choristers will be part of Choral Evensong on Tuesday November 3rd.

In October, the choir was invited to be part of a film project of The Nova Scotia Nature Trust on Troop Island in St Margaret’s Bay. Mike from the St Margaret’s Bay Stewardship Association gave the choir an introduction to the Island before they hiked through the woods to the filming location in the old growth forest.


















































The next day the choir sang Evensong at St Andrew’s in Hantsport NS and were warmly welcomed by the community. One member of the congregation sent us this lovely note:

I attended the Capella Regalis service in Hantsport the other evening. I just wanted to say how very much I enjoyed the music. I have heard the choir(s) before in Windsor and in Halifax. I don’t know if it was the acoustics or the content, but they (to my ear) had never sounded better! The voices were so uplifting and inspiring. I realize that we are in an out of the way spot…we have taken many hard hits lately, so it was especially meaningful that you would take the trouble to come here. As a former music teacher, I was in awe of the attentiveness of the youngest boys. It was obvious how dedicated they were and how genuine their love of music is. Thank you for bringing this to our community.

Save the dates! 
Service of Investiture on November 3rd, 5pm at All Saints’ Cathedral, Halifax.
To Bethlehem with Kings our popular annual Christmas concerts:
December 20th, 7pm at Christ Church Anglican in Windsor NS
December 21st, 7pm at St John’s Anglican in Lunenburg NS
December 22nd, 7pm at All Saints’ Cathedral in Halifax NS

















Happy New Year, 2015

January 12th, 2015 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (Comments Off on Happy New Year, 2015)

Happy New Year from Capella Regalis!

For those of you who follow us on Facebook, you know that we’re starting the year with congratulations & best wishes to Nick Halley and Elizabeth Kobes who were married on New Year’s Eve.

Coming up this term:

  • Choral Evensongs start on Tuesday January 13th, at 5pm in the University of King’s College Chapel. The full schedule will be posted to the Events tab of the website when it is finalized.
  • We’re also working on a Nova Scotia tour for the long weekend in May. Watch the Events section of the website for details later in the year.

We always interested in hearing from potential new choristers, volunteers (particularly for our transportation programme and fund-raising committee) and donors. Contact the Manager, Vanessa Halley if you are interested in becoming involved with Capella Regalis.

TBWK 2014 wrap-up

December 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (Comments Off on TBWK 2014 wrap-up)

What a weekend! Thank you everyone who came to the To Bethlehem with Kings concerts. We had a great time, and we hope you did too.

For four of our boys, it was their first concert in the mens’ sections of the choir. This fulfills one of Nick’s ambitions for the choir, to have boys stay with Capella Regalis to move to the mens’ sections as their voices mature. We also had very fine performances from boys in the treble section who ably filled the gaps left by the young men now in the alto and bass sections.

We’re pretty sure that anyone who attended the concerts will be thinking about the terrific reading from “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” for quite a while.

Thank you: Musique Royale, Christ Church (Windsor), St John’s Church (Lunenburg), St Mary’s Basilica (Halifax),  Marianne Green, the Maritime Brass, the concert volunteers, all of the parents, our transportation team, Halifax Transit for their support of the transportation programme, The University of King’s College, the King’s College Chapel community, the University Chaplain – Fr Thorne, our Advisory Board, all of our donors who make Capella Regalis possible, and with apologies to anyone who has been mistakenly left off this list. We are so fortunate to have so many supporters!

We wish you a Merry Christmas, and look forward to seeing you at Evensong in January. (Watch the Events page for dates)