The Victoria Philharmonic Choir is an auditioned, multi-generational ensemble of 50-60 voices, directed by Peter Butterfield. Mr. Butterfield’s skill in vocal training and his joyful and exacting leadership style continue to shape VPC into a choir that is at home in a wide-ranging repertoire, from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century.
2013-2014 SeasonFamily Christmas Carol Sing-Along ConcertSaturday, December 21, 7:00 pmSt. Mary's Church, Oak Baywith guest organist Michael Molnar (Vancouver), andGreater Victoria Youth Orchestra Brass QuintetBring your little singers and mini-maestros (and their grandparents too!) to this popular annual event. A few benches at the front are reserved for those with small children.Doors open by 6.30.Tickets: $20 regular, $10 student, free for accompanied children 12 & under. Available after Nov. 20th from: Ivy's Bookshop, Tanner's Books, The Shieling, La Tavola Kitchenware Boutique, Long & McQuade Music, from VPC members, ONLINE, and possibly at the door.
Oak Bay Beach Hotel Holiday TeaSunday, December 1, 2:00 pm, and Sunday, December 22 2:00 pm,David Foster Theatre
Victoria Philharmonic Chamber Choirwith pianists Tatiana Harrison (Dec. 1st)and Julian Greenwood (Dec. 22nd)Brahms' RequiemSaturday May 10, 8:00 pm & Sunday May 11, 2:30 pm, Royal TheatreMaestra Tania Miller conducts the Victoria Symphony and a mass chorus, with the Victoria Choral Society, in Johannes Brahms' monumental and deeply moving German Requiem.Theodora - G.F. HandelSaturday, June 7th, 8pmFirst Metropolitan United ChurchOur spring 2014 special event is a rare performance of Handel's own favourite oratorio: Theodora, with a baroque orchestra led by violinist Mark Lupin. Soloists are Nancy Argenta (soprano), Daniel Taylor (countertenor), Sarah Fryer (mezzo soprano), Benjamin Butterfield (tenor) and Andrew Greenwood (bass).
Audience reviews of the November 10, 2013 performance of Convoy PQ 17 by Christopher Butterfield, performed by the Victoria Symphony, the dance troupe Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, and the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Maestra Tania Miller:
"Well, that was spectacular! Left me (almost) speechless.
I was spellbound from the opening notes.the majesty and moving work can only be appreciated when presented together. I wasn't prepared to be so deeply moved by the work."
"For me, the effect was due to the seamless blending of orchestra, choir and dance into an all-encompassing experience, where the sea and the story took over and became more than the parts. Watching Tania was awesome, and even she and the orchestra became part of the dance. The choir's intense concentration and commitment to the work was an obvious and integral part of that, and you should all be hugely and justifiably proud of this achievement."
"What a gripping performance you gave, as a well-tuned instrument in Tania Miller's hands, incorporated seamlessly into an intense, deeply moving drama of sound, light, colour, and movement. While individual moments of the performance can be called to mind, what remains foremost in my memory is the intense integrated experience of moving through shifting circumstances with emotions rising and falling like storm-wild waves... Congratulations, Peter, for your incredible and inspiring leadership."
The Victoria Philharmonic Choir gratefully acknowledges the support of the following:
The Victoria Philharmonic Choir acknowledges the support of the CRD Arts Development Service through the participating municipalities of Esquimalt, Highlands, Mechosin, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria, Saanich, Sydney and View Royal.
A commitment to choral excellence is part of the legacy generously left to us by Louise Lemire-Elmore, our much-missed VPC founder, board member and chorister. Donations in Louise's memory can be made by sending a cheque to VPC at the address at the bottom of this page, or online.