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To Bethlehem with Kings – 2014

December 19th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (1 Comments)

We’re on the road with our annual Christmas concert, To Bethlehem with Kings, starting tonight at Christ Church (Anglican) in Windsor, NS. We have some new choristers on tour this year, and some of our old choristers are singing in new sections with maturing voices. It’s going to be an exciting weekend of performances in Windsor, Lunenburg and Halifax, NS.

Our Halifax concert includes the Maritime Brass ensemble. Three of the brass players is particularly excited about the event this year because they gets to ‘gig’ with their sons, Capella Regalis boy choristers.

Here’s the information for all of the performances – we hope to see you this weekend.

To Bethlehem With Kings 2014
A traditional and heart-warming evening of beautiful carols for Christmas, ancient and modern.  The concert will include opportunities for audience participation on the hymns, and also features Paul Halley on pipe organ and the Maritime Brass Quintet jointing the ensemble for the final, Halifax performance.

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Christ Church, 543 King Street, Windsor
Tickets available at 902.798.9449 or 902.790.6173

Saturday, December 20 at 7:00 p.m.
St John’s Anglican Church, 81 Cumberland Street, Lunenburg
Free admission.  Donations accepted for food bank.

Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
St Mary’s Basilica, corner of Spring Garden & Barrington, Halifax
Tickets $20/10 (general/student), $35 (priority), $75 (patron) available in advance atwww.capellaregalis.eventbrite.com, the King’s Co-op Bookstore (902.422.1270 ext. 261), and at the door.

2014-2015 Season

September 10th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (Comments Off on 2014-2015 Season)

Welcome to the 2014-2015 season for Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir!

We’ve had a great summer – some relaxing, some travelling, a lot of planning for the coming year, and a choir camp at the end of August. We’re excited about our fifth season.

Highlights (so far) for the fall term include:

  • Weekly Tuesday Choral Evensongs begin on September 16th and continue to December 9th. These services take place at 5pm in the University of King’s College Chapel, located to the right of the Coburg Road entrance to the university.[Please note that the Remembrance Day Evensong (November 11) will be sung by the University of King’s College Chapel Choir.]
  • October 7:
    Service of Investiture – as part of Choral Evensong on this day, new choristers in the Senior Choir who have passed their probationary period receive their surplices (the white garment that goes over the red cassock). This is their official welcome to the Senior Choir. Also, the Head Boy and Prefects are acknowledged or appointed.
    CD Release party – Last spring we recorded a CD for promotional use. This recording will be launched after the Investiture Service.
  • November 8: Open House
    Details to come, but there will be an opportunity to hear the choir, hear from director Nick Halley, and meet the boys and their families.
  • To Bethlehem with Kings – our annual Christmas programme
    Once again this year, we are pleased to present three concerts:

    • December 19 at 7pm at Christ Church (Anglican) in Windsor NS
    • December 20 at 7pm at St John’s (Anglican) Church in Lunenburg NS
    • December 21 at 3pm at St Mary’s Basilica, Halifax NS
      Ticket information is anticipated to be available in November.

Closing out the 2013-2014 season

June 5th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (Comments Off on Closing out the 2013-2014 season)

Yesterday, we finished our first recording! We had two terrific days of recording at All Saints’ Cathedral to get six full tracks. We don’t have a precise release date, but it will be in the fall. Watch this space/twitter (@capellaregalis)/facebook (https://www.facebook.com/capellaregalis) for news. (The team is also working on some exciting plans for next year.)

The choir continues to audition boys over the summer. Contact manager Vanessa Halley for details.

THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us this year – our volunteer drivers, volunteer staff, the ever-patient parents & families, our donors, everyone who attended an Evensong or a concert, Fr Thorne and the chapel community, the University of King’s College community, and those who remain unnamed in this list. We look forward to seeing everyone during our 2014-2015 season.

Capella Regalis at Cannes International Film Festival

June 1st, 2014 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (Comments Off on Capella Regalis at Cannes International Film Festival)

Yes, that’s right – Capella Regalis at Cannes. Capella Regalis is the subject of a short documentary by Timothy Blackwood, twin brother of former CR manager, Mike Blackwood, at the Cannes International Film Festival in May. In 2011, Timothy came on the first choir tour to film this documentary.

Timothy writes about the documentary, and being at the premiere in Cannes:

How Can I Keep from Singing? is a collaborative work that came out of my love for choral music and my deep appreciation of that tradition as it flourishes in Nova Scotia. This short documentary film follows the Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir on its first tour of Nova Scotia. It premiered recently at the Cannes International Film Festival.

I was honored and delighted to be at the premiere in France. We had a packed screening and it was really well received. Many people commented on what wonderful characters the boys were and found their adventure really exciting. Even one of my Danish colleagues who helped with the filming flew in from Copenhagen for the premiere.

Nick Halley is doing wonders with this choir, giving boys world-class training modeled after the rich English tradition of choral music for men and boys. And as you can see in the film this is an invaluable experience for the boys, not just for becoming skilled musicians but also being nurtured in the world. The choir is now about to record its first album.  So being on their first tour and capturing it was very special.

When you see this film for the first time (hopefully at a film festival in Canada) I believe you will find a universal message of joy as it is revealed through the wonderful experiences of these boys as they discover the power of music and the beauty of the world in which we live.

-Timothy Blackwood

Learn more about this film at www.howcanikeepfromsinging.com

Recording goal – we’re making progress

May 14th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (Comments Off on Recording goal – we’re making progress)

As of May 14, we’re 1/4 of the way to our fundraising goal for our recording project, with 12 days to go in the campaign.

Yesterday, CBC’s Information Morning in Halifax came to our rehearsal. For Mainland Nova Scotia listeners, you’ll be able to hear their story on Monday May 19th, around 8.15am.

For our fans outside of Mainland Nova Scotia, you can listen on the CBC streaming site http://www.cbc.ca/radio/

  1. Use the blue box labelled “Now playing on CBC radio” near the top of the right-hand side of the page.
  2. Set the location to Nova Scotia, Halifax.
  3. Once you have the Halifax location selected, the Halifax programmes will appear. Select Radio One, Information Morning to listen in.