Malaspina Choir is a high quality choir performing challenging, diverse repertoire that includes major works from classical to contemporary. The 65 member mixed-voice community choir brings together musicians and music lovers of all ages and from all walks of life and has been entertaining and educating the public about choral music since 1970.
Malaspina Choir is embedded in the civic and ceremonial life of Nanaimo. It participated in the opening of the Malaspina University College Campus (now VIU), performed for the Queen and Prince Philip, presented the City of Nanaimo with the official Nanaimo Song for its 125th birthday, and performed at the opening ceremonies of the 2009 BC Seniors Games. Concerts, co-sponsored with the Victoria Chamber Orchestra and the Victoria Civic Orchestra, have been presented in Victoria as well as Nanaimo. Recent performances with the Vancouver Island Symphony include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (the debut season concert of newly appointed conductor, Pierre Simard, in 2008) and Vaughn Williams’ Sea Symphony in spring, 2011. Malaspina Choir’s presentation of a sing-along Handel’s Messiah has become a tradition in the Christmas season, taking place on a Sunday afternoon each December.
Malaspina Choir is under the artistic direction of Lionel Tanod who is well-known in the Nanaimo choral community. Lionel brings a wealth of experience to the conductor role. He was director of the Island Bel Canto singers for eight years, and is director of the Harbour City Singers. He is a founding member of Nanaimo Sings! and a member of The Island Consort chamber choir.
Directors: Lionel Tanod
Accompanist: Sharon Wishart
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