Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir music director Nick Halley has been awarded a $5,000 2011 Canada Council “Grants for professional musicians” to travel to the UK during the summer of 2011 to study choral conducting. The award was announced on 14 January 2011. The grant will enable the 28-year-old Halley to work with some of the world’s best choirs and their conductors. These include James O’Donnell, director of music at Westminster Abbey, and Stephen Layton, director of music at Trinity, Cambridge. He plans to learn more about the music itself and the way in which choirs are structured. “James O’Donnell produces an incredible sound with his choir and he is good at articulating what he does,” explains Halley. “Stephen Layton is brilliant musically and directs two of the world’s top choirs. He takes choral singing to new heights. I am looking forward to working with both of these great music directors.” As director of Capella Regalis, Nick will also visit the choir schools at Westminster Abbey, Winchester Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral on his study trip. Back in Canada, he will spend some time working with Noel Edison, director of the Elora Festival Singers of Ontario.
The choir has many performances planned for 2011. Capella Regalis sang a monthly Evensong at the University of King’s College Chapel during the winter term, ending April 5th.
April 20 & 22, the boys will sing Bach’s powerful St.Matthew Passion in Lunenburg and Halifax. At end of May the boys will make a tour of Nova Scotia.
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Inspired by what he believes to be his most formative experience—singing in his Dad’s internationally renowned children’s choir, Chorus Angelicus—Nick Halley began laying the foundation for a new boys’ choir here in Halifax over a year ago. The Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir was launched on February 13th, 2010 and after a beautiful and successful début concert in June, is now in its second season.
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