Inspired by this Festival Haiku Invitational poem:
each tree is a choir
singing to the sun
Oz Hershfield, Vancouver
View our press release here: VSOS Press Release
Do you aspire to be part of a massed choir, receive direction from our well-known and wonderfully inspiring choral director, Kathryn Nicholson. You will sing with her dynamic vocal ensemble and our Host Choir, Sound Eclectic for a very special experience to remember. The 12th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival invites individuals, professional, amateur, children, church and youth choirs, as well as everyone who loves to sing, to add their voice to Vancouver Sings One Song (VSOS), co-presented with the Canadian Music Centre.
Registration to participate in our massed choir event, Vancouver Sings One Song at Christ Church Cathedral 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Tuesday, April 3rd is free and now open with the first 400 singers to sign up receiving the event branded t-shirt displayed below compliments of Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. The evening will unfold as follows with time for a Meet and Greet while t-shirt distribution goes on. Kathryn will begin rehearsal with some fun vocal warm-ups with singers and then teach the melodies and harmonies in ‘singer-friendly ‘ways. Sight-reading skills are always helpful but not necessary for this event. For those who may find harmonizing too challenging – you can always just sing the melody line. Once Kathryn can sense what the ‘crowd’ needs or is able to do she will share some of her various coaching/teaching techniques. Rehearsal of the four songs continues until the final performance for filming and going live on social media platforms from Vancouver’s landmark church, Christ Church Cathedral, concluding with one group photo.
The Festival Songbook launches our new original song, Cherry Blossoms For You & Me composed by JUNO award-winning Tom Landa and Robin Layne, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the haunting Navajo chant Now I Walk in Beauty, and Japanese folk song Sakura Sakura in honour of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to our city in celebration of international friendship. Choir conductors are encouraged to incorporate rehearsals of this repertoire into their schedules and then come together for the one massed choir rehearsal/performance.
If you have any musical questions please email Kathryn Nicholson, our conductor, at [email protected]
We hope singers will be inspired to also pop-up to sing at VCBF feature events under cherry trees in full bloom – additional performance opportunities are listed below. When hundreds of voices come together under the canopies of cherry blossoms, we know Vancouver Sings One Song will bring much joy to singers and audiences alike. Audiences at all events will be invited to sing along from songsheets under the inclusive and joyful direction of Kathryn Nicholson! After all, Chicago sings Christmas carols to the animals at their zoo and so, Vancouver will sing to our cherry blossoms this Spring!