Angelic voices sing spring songs

NANAIMO - The Island Consort Chamber Choir embraces the sound of youth for its concert Forever Young Sunday (April 28).

The Island Consort Chamber Choir embraces the sounds of youth during its upcoming concert Forever Young Sunday (April 28).

The event is at St. Andrew’s Church at 7:30 p.m. and also features the Nanaimo Youth Choir as guest performers.

“To hear children sing is to hear the voices of angels,” said Bruce Farquharson, director Island Consort Chamber Choir, in a press release. “And the award-winning Nanaimo Youth Choir, directed by Martin Smith, really does sing with purity of sound and sincerity of the heart.”

The evening includes Tchaikovsky’s Hymn to the Cherubim, Rutter’s Five Childhood Lyrics, a pair of speech choir pieces by Erik Bergman and Helletused by Finnish composer Veljo Tormis.

Helletused is based on Tormis’ recollections of the calls of child shepherds. It features a solo by soprano Skye Donald.

Forever Young concludes with both choirs singing Humperdinck’s Prayer from Hansel and Gretal.

Admission is $15 at the door and children under 12 are free.