Members of the Campbell River Children’s Choir returned tired, but elated, from their trip to Manhattan where they performed at Carnegie Hall.
The singers were the only Canadian choir represented at a gala concert along with choirs from across the United States and two choirs from Brazil. Walking out on the stage of one of the world’s most famous concert halls is an experience that will stay with them forever and it certainly made the many hours of rehearsal, fund raising and practice all worth while.
“We were so lucky to have the support of our community,” said director Barbara Prowse. “ Many businesses, community groups and individuals gave time, money and provided opportunities to help us make the trip happen and we are so grateful for their contributions. Our red and white “Canada” coats from Daybreak Rotary kept the singers visible and together walking through the bustling streets and on the subway in Manhattan. The singers’ performance is something that should make the whole community feel proud. Our singers can hold their own in an international event.”
In addition to singing at the festival the singers visited the 9/11 Memorial, Ellis Island and the statue of Liberty, saw a Broadway show and visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was an action packed five days.
The choir will be holding auditions this May for interested youth in the community who would like to sing. Singers who will be in grade three next year and older students can arrange an audition time by calling Joanna at 250-202-7464. For more information about the choir you can visit the website at www.crchildrenschoir.ca
For those who wish to hear the choir, the final concert will be presented Saturday, May 12 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 and available at the Music Plant.