If you loved our parody videos this spring and summer, you will love what we have in store next. We are inviting any and all members of the broader Phoenix community who would like to be “Part of our World” to be featured at the Gathering Together concert as we parody the Disney classic “Part of Your World.”

Here’s a sneak peek of the lyrics:
“We want to be where the people are
We wanna to sing,
wanna sing together
We miss our friends in our
(Whad’ya call ‘it?) oh – choir”

Fun, right?! Be brave and join us!

 

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“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” -Victor Hugo

 

Throughout history, music has played the role of healer, communicator, and protestor when words or other social commentary miss the mark. Since late May 2020, a frustratingly age-old revolution has once again crescendoed from a mellowed hum to a loud roar as people around the world have come together to proclaim that Black Lives Matter, and to demand change from law enforcement and other social systems. All while the impact of the pandemic continues to ravage the world, claiming lives, jobs, and even basic everyday pleasantries in its path, people gather to march and cry out for a more just society. The impact of this cultural moment is not lost on musicians nor community choirs such as Phoenix. The call is ours to promote human flourishing and freedom in our craft. No doubt, our future plans continue to be folded and reshaped by the happenings of this year, and we know that the work we are doing now is necessary.

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Live from London

Online Event
August 1, 2020 to October 3, 2020

“Season Tickets” for all 10 concerts available for CA$135 

As Phoenix excitedly awaits hosting VOCES8 in the spring of 2021 here in Vancouver, we are also eager about a more imminent opportunity for partnership with VOCES8.

Broadcast in HD from the intimate setting of the VOCES8 Centre, the renowned British group is thrilled to debut, Live From London, a new online festival featuring some of the world’s finest vocal ensembles. The line-up includes VOCES8, I Fagiolini, Stile Antico, The Swingles, The Sixteen (from Kings Place), The Gesualdo Six, Apollo5, Chanticleer (from San Francisco), and a special guest appearance by The Academy of Ancient Music.

This line-up of artists has never before appeared together in the same festival, and it will be the first time many of the groups have performed since the beginning of lockdown: “After six months apart, it is quite simply a momentous occasion for The Sixteen to be reunited again for this concert. We are delighted to be a part of Live from London,” said Harry Christophers, founder and conductor of The Sixteen.

These award-winning ensembles bring you their favourite works and pieces for which they’ve become renowned, singing repertoire from the Renaissance to contemporary A Cappella – a veritable ‘transport of delight’ from the superb acoustic of Wren’s St Anne and St Agnes Church in the heart of the City of London.

The festival will be broadcast online every Saturday at 7pm BST / 11 am PST for ten weeks from the first of August, offering a chance for a worldwide audience to reconnect with live choral music. Ticket holders will be able to watch live and/or on demand from the date of broadcast until 3rd October and in addition will be granted viewing rights to the full, 4K post-produced, concert film(s) for the rest of the month of October. Each broadcast concert lasts 60 minutes.

Live from London Line Up:

1 August: VOCES8
8 August: I Fagiolini
15 August: Academy of Ancient Music
22 August: The Swingles
29 August: The Gesualdo Six
5 September: VOCES8
12 September: Apollo5
19 September: The Sixteen
26 September: Stile Antico
3 October: Chanticleer

You can see all of this for just £80 ($135 CAD) per household.

By buying your season ticket voucher through Phoenix Chamber Choir, you are actively helping to raise funds for our organization. Thank you! Once you have booked with us, you will receive an email confirmation of your order. We will then be in touch with full information about how to redeem your voucher and how to watch online.

Watch the full Live From London trailer here.

VOCES8 – 1st Aug 20

I Fagiolini – 8th Aug 20

Academy of Ancient Music – 15th Aug 20

The Swingles – 22nd Aug 20

The Gesualdo Six – 29th Aug 20

VOCES8 – 5th Sep 20

Apollo5 – 12th Sep 20

The Sixteen – 19th Sep 20

Stile Antico – 26th Sep 20

Chanticleer – 3rd Oct 2020

We are thrilled to welcome a handful of new voices to the Phoenix Family for our 2020-2021 season: With One Voice.

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In the spring and early summer of 2020, Phoenix published three virtual choir YouTube videos, meant to serve as fun, encouraging public service announcements reminding viewers of the importance of taking COVID-19 seriously. While we were elated by the rousing responses we received from around the world, we also became aware of similar choirs of all sizes, styles, and budgets trying to create similar projects in an era where all choral singing must be virtual. After receiving a few of your questions, we decided to put together a two-part video series about how Phoenix produced our videos in hopes it will be helpful to others. Read more

Earlier this month, we announced David Rosborough as the Phoenix Assistant Conductor for the 2020-2021 Season. We are eager to begin working with Dave and for our singers to grow under his leadership.

As is now tradition for new Phoenix artistic team members, we wanted to introduce our audience to “the person behind the musical resumé.”

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Making Music in the Mess:

A conversation towards a greater understanding of African Diasporic voices in Canadian choral music.

 

Thank you to all our panelists for an open, honest, informative, and inspiring presentation. Please see below for the full recording and a list of resources mentioned during the presentation.

 

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Phoenix Chamber Choir is thrilled to be welcoming our new Assistant Conductor for the 2020-2021 season, under the leadership of Dr. Nicholle Andrews:

David Rosborough (B.Sc., M.A., A.R.C.T)

(he/him)

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Phoenix is proud to present:

Making Music in the Mess:

A conversation towards a greater understanding of African Diasporic voices in Canadian choral music.

 

Monday, July 6th, 2020

1:00pm PST / 4:00pm EST

REGISTER HERE*

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It is with sadness and well wishes that Phoenix announces the resignation of Assistant Conductor, Ian Bannerman.

Bannerman was a Phoenix singer during his undergraduate years at UBC and returned to the choir in 2019 to join Dr. Nicholle Andrews on the podium as Assistant Conductor. Since Dr. Andrews is located in California where she is the Director of Choral Studies at the University of Redlands, Bannerman was tasked with filling the substantial role of leading weekly rehearsals and preparing the choir for concerts.

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