The Island Consort Chamber Choir presents And the Light Sings this weekend (April 16-17). The show features members James Duthie

The Island Consort Chamber Choir presents And the Light Sings this weekend (April 16-17). The show features members James Duthie

Choir sings renaissance songs during two spring performances

NANAIMO - The Island Consort Chamber presents And the Light Sings April 16-17.

Handbells, tuned wine glasses and choral voices are combining during the Island Consort Chamber Choir’s upcoming concert And the Light Sings.

The choir is hosting two shows. The first is Saturday (April 16) at 7:30 p.m. at Gabriola Island United Church and the second is Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Brechin United Church.

The concert begins with two renaissance songs, Passereau’s Il et Bel et Bon and Gibbons’s O, Clap Your Hands.

Soprano Skye Donald will take the lead in the choir’s rendition of Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore. It will be followed by Selig Sind, Die Da Lied Tragen from Brahms’s German Requiem.

John Nelson and Margaret Nelson will accompany the choir on the organ and piano.

The remainder of the concert will feature more contemporary pieces including Whitacre’s Sainte-Chapelle, Hawley’s Io Son La Primavera and Ellingboe’s Be Music, Night.

Members of the Jubellation Handbell group will play wine glasses and handbells during O Salutaris Hostia and Northern Lights.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $5 for students and children under 12 are free. Tickets are available at the door.

The Island Consort Chamber Choir is a 20-member community chamber choir and performs mostly a cappella shows, with the occasional accompanying pianist of sting players. The choir is currently seeking tenors for the fall 2016 season.

For more information about the choir or to sign up to audition please go to www.islandconsort.ca.