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.


Our first recording!

May 4th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (Comments Off on Our first recording!)

It has been a very busy year – and with deep apologies to our followers, we haven’t been making good use of the blog.

If you haven’t liked us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/capellaregalis) or followed us on Twitter (@CapellaReglis) or kept up with our Events page – here’s a recap of the 2013-2014 season:

  • We’ve welcomed new boys, said goodbye to some others.
  • We’ve been to Lunenburg, Windsor, and Port Williams to sing Evensong.
  • We had an open house in September, and we’re having another on May 23rd (5.30-6.30pm at the King’s Chapel – spread the word!).
  • Our junior chorister programme for our youngest choristers is running every Friday.
  • We performed Benjamin Britten’s St Nicholas Cantata with the King’s Chorus and the wonderful Mark Bleeke as St Nicholas at a packed St Mary’s Basilica in Halifax on December 6th.
  • We took “To Bethlehem with Kings”, our Christmas concert, on the road again to Windsor and Lunenburg, in addition to our Halifax performance.
  • January and February we sang our Tuesday Evensongs at All Saints’ Cathedral because the chapel was closed for repairs. It was fun to sing in a different acoustic, and we had some new friends in the congregations.
  • March we sang Missa Gaia in Halifax & Lunenburg – also with King’s Chorus and the amazing Theresa Thomason (and pretty terrific band).
  • We were back to Lunenburg (and Halifax) in early April for performances of Bach’s St Matthew’ Passion with the University of King’s College Chapel choir and a stellar line-up of soloists.

And now – we’re making a recording!
We’re planning a 4-5 track recording for non-profit promotion and publicity purposes. We’ve lined up All Saints’ Cathedral and a great sound engineer for the end of May and we’re crowd-sourcing the project on Indiegogo. You can read all about it, and contribute, here.

And, we’re working on plans for next season (including more regular blog posts) – stay tuned.

A new season, and lots of news

September 8th, 2013 | Posted by Sarah in Blog - (Comments Off on A new season, and lots of news)

The boys had a great choir camp a couple of weeks ago to get ready for the new season.  We kick things off this Tuesday, September 10th, with the Men and Boys singing the first Choral Evensong of term at 5pm in the University of King’s College Chapel. Featured music includes Thomas Tallis’ O Nata Lux and Herbert Howells’ Like as the Hart.

This past weekend our Artistic Director, Nick Halley, made his debut as the host of CBC Radio 2’s Choral Concert, broadcast on Sunday mornings at 9am. You can also listen via the CBC website.

Open House invite



Do you know a boy ages 6-12 who is interested in singing?  On Saturday, September 14th, we’re having an Open House in the University of King’s College Chapel. It’s an opportunity to watch an open rehearsal, hear Nick talk about the choir, sign up for an audition, meet the choristers, parents and others involved in Capella Regalis. Please tell others about this opportunity to learn more about the choir.


In addition to weekly Tuesday Evensongs in the chapel, we have so many other exciting plans for the year: Choral Evensongs in Lunenburg and Windsor, Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas cantata with The King’s Chorus, and our annual To Bethlehem with Kings Christmas concert in Lunenburg, Windsor and Halifax, the St Matthew Passion with the Chapel Choir and Ensemble Regale in March, and we’re working a special project for next summer.

It’s going to be a great season, and we look forward to seeing you!