Festival features choral events and choir concert

The voices of four choirs were raised in song at the Cariboo Festival’s choir night Tuesday evening at St. Andrew’s United Church.

The voices of four choirs were raised in song at the Cariboo Festival’s choir night Tuesday evening at St. Andrew’s United Church.

Cariboo Men’s Choir, Quintet Plus, Just for Fun women’s Friday night choir and the Angelkey’s Children’s Choir were among the competitors in the choral and choir section held at St. Andrew’s on Monday and Tuesday, April 7-8, adjudicated by opera star and vocal instructor Erica Northcott.

The festival continues on Friday with the creative writing adjudications with lakecity author Verena Berger.

The piano section of the competition takes place next Monday and Tuesday, April 14-15, at Calvary Church on Carson Avenue with adjudicator Yvette Rowledge.

The piano events also include a special evening session featuring the Gaeil Carson Chopin competition along with a Haydn Concerto starting at 6 p.m. on April 14 at Calvary Church.

The festival wraps up with the Honours Concert at the Cariboo Bethel Church starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

Cariboo Festival sections of competition completed so far include band and instrumental March 31 to April 1 with adjudicator Gordon Lucas; speech arts April 2-3 with adjudicator Susan Bertoia; vocal and choral April 7-8 with adjudicator Erica Northcott.

There were 73 band and instrumental entries including all school bands and 50 violin and fiddle pieces; 72 speech arts entries including 25 humourous poems being recited and dramatized; 62 vocal and choral entries including choirs and soloists performing Baroque through contemporary pieces; 11 creative writing entries; and 96 piano entries.

Information is available on the festival’s new website at www.cariboofestival.ca.

The public is reminded that no photography or video taping is permitted during performances while they are being adjudicated. Quiet is also required and cell phones must be turned off.

 

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