Members of Fiddelium seen practicing. The youth fiddle group will be performing on Saturday (May 9) at Christ Community Church at 7 p.m.

Members of Fiddelium seen practicing. The youth fiddle group will be performing on Saturday (May 9) at Christ Community Church at 7 p.m.

Fiddlers gear up for concert

Fiddelium performs on Saturday night at Christ Community Church.

With a new name and some new tunes, one group isn’t fiddling around.

Fiddelium, previously known as the Nanaimo Youth Fiddlers, is made up of dedicated teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18.

On Saturday (May 9) the freshly renamed youth fiddle group will be showcasing their talents at Christ Community Church, 2221 Bowen Rd.

Those who attend the performance, led by music teacher Geoff Horrocks, will hear a nice mix of old and new tunes.

“They are going to get some good old-time, straight-ahead fiddle tunes as well as some new contemporary fiddle,” Horrocks said.

Fiddelium was formed a few years ago under the name Nanaimo Youth Fiddlers and features teenage fiddlers Quin Etheridge-Pedden, Kendall Holzwarth, Micaela Pereira, Spencer Woodward, Chelsea Letourneau and Vivian Woodward

The majority of the members have been together since the group formed in 2011 and have formed a tight bond.

“I think it is just a really cool environment and a really cool group where we can continue to grow and learn off each other,” Letourneau, 15, said.

Horrocks explained that the group decided to change its name to Fiddelium because the Nanaimo Youth Fiddlers sounded too bland.

“Nanaimo Youth Fiddlers just sounded a bit square,” Horrocks said. “They’re not square and so we changed the name to make it a little more interesting.”

Fiddelium plays at 7 p.m. on May 9. Tickets are $10 in advanced and $15 at the door.

For tickets and more information, visit www.crosscanadafiddle.com.

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