Campbell River music students of all ages will take part in the 11-day Music Week

Friends of Music showcase local talent

The Friends of Music bring back Music Week to Campbell River

Beginning tomorrow, the Friends of Music bring back their Music Week, an 11-day celebration of music showcasing students in the disciplines of strings, piano and voice.

This non-competitive music festival, to be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, features students as young as five years of age and ranging to adults, showing it’s never too late to stimulate the brain and challenge your artistic side.

“Pizzicato” (violin, viola, cello and string ensembles) will start off Music Week at 9 a.m. this Thursday with adjudicator John Littlejohn, a faculty member of the Delta Community Music School and the Vancouver Academy of Music.

Adjudicating for “Cantabile” (solo, group voice and musical theatre) April 24-26 will be Dutch soprano Anne Grimm, faculty member of the University of Victoria.

“Fiesta” adjudicator (Senior piano, duets and personal compositions) April 27-May 1 and the Ruth Scott Chopin Competition judge will be Susan de Burgh, Artistic Director of the Piano Academy Summer Program at the Victoria Conservatory.

Finally, adjudicating “Carnival” (junior piano) May 1-3 will be Campbell River-raised Kevin Ngo. Ngo, through his association with the Rotary Club, has been known for his generous donation of time and talent to the community over the years. Always a highlight of Music Week is the popular Ruth Scott Chopin Competition, which will be held Sunday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbytarian Church, 145 Simms Road.

The evening promises to showcase the wonderful selections of Chopin favourites by advanced students, who will vye for the top prize of $500. Admission is by donation. Admission to all other Music Week events is $2 per person, per session or purchase a $5 family pass for all sessions. Children under 6 are free.

For more information about Music Week, check out the Friends of Music website at www.campbellriverfriendsofmusic.com, or contact Sandy Havelaar at 250-923-6627.