On Monday, December 7, people in Victoria can take part in a special song premiere. At their annual Classical Christmas Concert, The Victoria Children’s Choir are collaborating with the Irene Becker, Pierre Dørge, Morten Carlsen Trio for the first performance (outside of Denmark) ofSparkling Star in the Darkness. In addition, The Choir will sing a festive program of yuletide songs from nordic countries, as well as familiar holiday carols.
Composed by Irene Becker, Sparkling Star in the Darkness is a song about the experience of Advent and Winter Solstice in Scandinavian countries – a time of long nordic nights, when families and friends get together to sing unique songs and swap imaginative stories. “We are excited to perform with these talented Danish musicians,” says artistic director, Madeleine Humer. “It’s a privilege for our choristers to share their beautiful music, and the feelings of warmth and cheer, with people here in Victoria.”
For 15 years, The Victoria Children’s Choir has performed an annual community Christmas concert as part of their mission to create and share extraordinary music. This year, 70 children in the Concert and Recital ensembles will sing over a dozen holiday pieces, in many languages, including familiar carols (such as Away in a Manger, The Christmas Song) and rare winter music from other nordic countries (including Saint Lucia [Sweden], Yule Night of the Elves [Finland], So Fair and Bright [England], etc.).
Many people enjoy hearing the choristers’ holiday performance because of the way their young voices resonate beautifully throughout Christ Church Cathedral. “My family and I look forward to hearing the children’s powerful harmonies,” says Rebecca Baugniet, a parent member of the Choir. “Whether the music is new or familiar to us, it is always glorious, and never fails to spark our Christmas spirit!”
Tickets are general admission, $20, and can be purchased online by clicking here , or at Ivy’s Book Shop (Oak Bay), Christ Church Cathedral office, and at the door. Children age seven or younger may attend for free.