The Nanaimo Youth Choir is a guest performer during the Malaspina Choir’s In Remembrance concert Sunday (Nov. 15).

Choir honours veterans

NANAIMO - The Malaspina Choir honours veterans during In Remembrance concert Sunday (Nov. 15).

BY KATHRYN-JANE HAZEL

It’s been 70 years since the end of the Second World War. Those who lived through those dark days are dwindling in number.

But for the children of the Nanaimo Youth Choir, music has a special power to make the emotion of Remembrance Day deeply felt and its significance honoured and appreciated.

They’ve noticed that people are often too busy to pay attention or take time to observe the minute of silence at 11 a.m.

“I don’t think people think that much about Remembrance Day. If you go to the ceremony during the minute of silence you’ll hear people talking,” said Maria Clemotte, 15. “When we sing, people can think about it and what it means. It creates a minute of silence when we sing.”

Sean Hagarty, 15, said a lot of people “don’t take it seriously,” especially during assemblies.

“I think it’s good to care; when you sing you think about it,” he said.

The youths sing with the Malaspina Choir at its fall concert, In Remembrance, Sunday (Nov. 15), 2:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United, located at 311 Fitzwilliam St.

The show is dedicated to war veterans. Special guests include soprano soloist Skye Donald, the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra and a jazz trio from Vancouver Island University.

Tickets are $20 adults/$10 students available at www.porttheatre.com, 250 754-8550 or at the door.

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