Nanaimo's Classical Chamber Choir

“…to perform choral music and to engage audiences in the enjoyment of choral repertoire..”

Download the program for our upcoming concert on December 11th 2021

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Bruce Farquharson

Bruce Farquharson has been involved in Nanaimo’s music scene since 1977. Formerly director of the Nanaimo Tidesman Barbershop Chorus, A Capella Plus, Nanaimo Concert Band and a founding member of the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra, in 2007 Farquharson started up the Island Consort chamber choir with an emphasis on excellence and Early Music. Read more about Bruce.


  • Singing for Christmas

    We are thrilled to announce that we will be presenting a heart-warming Christmas concert Singing for Christmas on Saturday, December 11th at 2:30 p.m. The performance will take place in the spacious auditorium of St. Andrew’s United Church at 311 FitzWilliam Street in Nanaimo. Tickets $20 per adult and $5 for students. Children under 13 are free. 

    The Island Consort is pleased/excited to be back singing and performing in this season of Christmas 2021.  Thankfully most of our members have re-joined us but you will see a few new faces.  This program has many familiar songs and carols – some with new melodies and arrangements - that we hope you will enjoy.  Some are organ-accompanied which, I think, adds to the flavour of Christmas and for which we are again fortunate to have Jenny Vincent as accompanist.



The Island Consort Chamber Choir is a 20-voice community chamber choir in Nanaimo, BC that first appeared in concert in late April 2007. Repertoire is performed mostly a cappella but with occasional keyboard or strings accompaniment.

The choir produces two programs per year in Nanaimo, typically in late November and in mid-April. Past performances have also been in the mid-Island communities of Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Chemainus, Ladysmith and Gabriola Island. Programming retains the emphasis on Early Music (Byrd, Tallis, Weelkes, Palestrina, Monteverdi, Bach, etc.) but also expands to include Classical, Romantic and 20th Century/contemporary works (Schubert, Pearsall, Rheinberger, Kodaly, Tormis, Whitacre, etc.). The choir entered the National Choral Competition for the first time in the spring of 2013. Island Consort has performed three times at the Port Theatre – with the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra, with the Vancouver-based professional dance ensemble, “Dancers Dancing”, providing on-stage vocal accompaniment, and with the Vancouver Island Symphony’s presentation of Mozart’s Requiem.

More information about past music selection can be found on our Past Concerts page.

I was so moved and lifted by the harmonies of all your lovely voices...

“We are very lucky to have you here in our community!”

There is no where else in Nanaimo that people can come to hear this kind of wonderful choral music

a 'truly magical' evening