Listen to “Cherry Blossoms For You & Me” mp3 below! Composed by JUNO award-winning Tom Landa, Robin Layne, with Marlie Collins on vocals, Ben Brown on drums and mixed by James Moore. Thank you to the Sarah McLachlan School of Music for donating the studio space!
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 300 singers to sign up receiving the event branded t-shirt displayed below compliments of Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. All participants will receive links to group photos and have an opportunity to be a part of the VSOS professional YouTube video.
The Festival Songbook launches our new original song, Cherry Blossoms For You & Me, 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.
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!
- Tuesday, April 3, Christ Church Cathedral, 6:30pm-9:30pm – Massed Choir Event
- Thursday, April 5, Cherry Jam Downtown Concert, Burrard SkyTrain Station, lunchtime – Optional
- Weekend, April 14 & 15, Sakura Days Japan Fair, VanDusen Botanical Garden, daytime – Optional
- Date TBA, The Big Picnic, Queen Elizabeth Park, daytime – Optional