The repertoire of the Island Consort is varied and loosely “classical”, focusing on sacred and secular music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Mostly we perform a cappella pieces but we have had the privilege to have accompaniment by the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra and Organists Peter Orme, John Nelson and Jenny Vincent
Due to the Public Domain nature of most of the works we perform, we make great use of The Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL), an Internet-based free sheet music website which specializes in choral music, and the IMSLP
Petrucci Music Library, a library of public domain scores.
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.
We are disappointed to announce that all three of our concerts this April are cancelled. We wish for all our members and audience to remain safe and healthy through this COVID-19 pandemic and as such we are following recommendations of our governments on limiting group activities.
When it is safe to hold concerts again we will be ready to bring you "Choral Treasures" at that time.
Nov. 29th, 7:30 pm at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Qualicum Beach
Dec. 1st, 7:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Nanaimo
7:30pm April 12th 2019 – St. Mark’s Anglican Church,
2:30pm April 14rh 2019 – St. Andrew’s United Church,
Director Bruce Farquharson has assembled a collection of notable works, taken from each year of the choir’s 12-year history, that represent the many choral elements of the group’s performances.
with guest organist Jenny Vincent
7:30pm Nov 30th 2018 – St. Mark’s Anglican Church,
7:30pm Dec 2nd 2018 – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church,
Poulenc, Rutter, Schütz, Holst, Isaac, Lauridsen
An evening of Christmas Choral Music
with guest organist Jenny Vincent
2:30pm April 14th 2018– St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Qualicum Beach
2:30pm April 15th 2018 – St. Andrew's United Church, Nanaimo
Can you feel the thrill of a soprano’s high C in Allegri’s Miserere Mei or the energy in Mozart’s Misericordias Domini or the sublime angst in Amazing Grace? “There is Sweet Music” is a program that offers the richness of Early Music, the vitality of Classical Music, the sublimity of Romantic Music and the diversity of Contemporary Music.
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Brechin United Church - 1998 Estevan Rd, Nanaimo
Soak up the serenity and spiritualism of Bruckner's "Christus Factus Est", Mendelssohn's "Ave Maria", Bach's motet "Der Geist Hilft" and Aarvo Part's "Da Pacem Domine". Feel the passion of unrequited love in Morley's "Fyer, Fyer", Scarlatti's "O Morte" and Lauridens' "Contre Qui, Rose". Tap your toes to Bach's "Gavotte and Fugue" with rhythm section performed in the style of the Swingle Singers, and enjoy arrangements of Robert Burn's "Ae Fond Kiss", the Irish "Dulaman" and Harry Somer's Newfoundland outport song, "Feller from Fortune". And more. . .