The Victoria Philharmonic Choir is an auditioned, multi-generational ensemble of 80 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.


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SummerVoices registration is currently full; however if you would like to be on a waiting list in case a spot opens up, please REGISTER.

Cost: $200 for full program (2.30 pm – 9.30 with break for dinner)  $150 for evenings only (7.00 – 9.30) Student bursaries may be available. Fees include music, performances with orchestra for family and friends at 5.30 & 7.30 pm on June 30 (entry by donation) and a closing reception.  



Classical choirs often take weeks to prepare a concert, but you may be surprised to hear what committed singers can achieve in just five days!
The glorious harmonies of two baroque settings of Magnificat, by Bach and Pergolesi, will fill St. Mary’s Church, Oak Bay in two early-evening performances on Thursday, June 30th. The text of Magnificat (Song of Mary) has been set to music by composers as far back as the 14th century, and probably even earlier in Gregorian chant.
In these performances, Victoria Philharmonic Choir Music Director Peter Butterfield leads SummerVoices, which brings together more than 50 singers from several local choirs for an intensive and fun few days of rehearsal, including coaching by professional singers and voice teachers Sarah Fryer and Gary Relyea.
Orchestra leader for the performances is Victoria Symphony and Galiano Ensemble violinist Tyson Doknjas.
The concerts (with different soloists) are at at 5.30 and 7.30 pm. All are welcome and no advance tickets are required – entry is by donation at the door of St. Mary the Virgin, 1701 Elgin Rd.