The Vancouver Bach Choir is an adult symphonic choir that performs concerts at the Orpheum Theatre and other venues across Metro Vancouver.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Vancouver Bach Choir held their 2020/2021 season in a digital format. However, in-person performances have resumed for the 2021/2022 season.
(Note: The choir is unrelated to the Vancouver Bach Festival which is a music festival that features music from a variety of composers in the summer.)
The Vancouver Bach Family of Choirs
Founded in 1930, the Vancouver Bach Family of Choirs is one of the largest choral groups in the Lower Mainland. It provides training to around 500 members and performs both new and traditional pieces.
The Vancouver Bach Choir is a part of the Vancouver Bach Family of Choirs. It’s an adult ensemble and one of the largest symphonic choirs in Canada. Maestro Leslie Dala is the current conductor and music director.
Vancouver Bach Choir performances are regularly held at the Orpheum Theatre at 601 Smithe Street in downtown Vancouver. The different choirs are also often invited to perform at special events around the Lower Mainland including at Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Bach Choir Events
Below are some popular events that are scheduled for the Vancouver Bach Choir’s current season.
October 23rd, 2021 – Mozart’s Requiem is performed at 7:30 pm at the Orpheum Theatre at 601 Smithe Street in Vancouver. The concert features Maestro Leslie Dala, members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and more.
Britten’s St. Nicolas
November 30th, 2021 – a festive celebration of St. Nicolas at 7:30 pm at the Orpheum at 601 Smithe Street in Vancouver. Performers include Maestro Leslie Dala, along with the Vancouver Bach Choir and Children’s Choirs.
Behind the Keys
April 9th, 2022 – a special fundraising gala takes place at 7:30 pm at the Orpheum Annex at 823 Seymour Street in Vancouver. The event features performances by Leslie Dala and Rachel Fenion.
Bach Mass in B Minor
April 17th, 2022 – the expressive concert happens at 3:00 pm at the Orpheum Theatre at 601 Smithe Street. The Bach Choir is joined by the Sarabande Chamber Choir and other guests.
Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle
May 14th, 2022 – the concert happens at 7:30 pm at the Vancouver Playhouse at 600 Hamilton Street in Vancouver. Performers include Leslie Dala and members of the Vancouver Opera Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program.
Bach Choir Programs
Within the Bach Family of Choirs there are groups for both adults and children. These programs include eight different ensembles for varying ages and skill levels.
The Vancouver Bach Choir’s symphonic choir is one of the programs offered for adults. They perform the mainstage events at the Orpheum Theatre
The first Vancouver Bach Choir concert was held at the Orpheum nine decades ago. Since then the group has grown to become a world-renowned choir that has performed around the world. In the past they’ve sung at festivals and concerts in countries such as Holland, Poland, France, England, Wales and Japan, as well as at venues all across Canada.
The Sarabande Choir is a program for Bach Choir alumni and young adults. It’s intended for advanced-level singers. The Choir’s 24 members often perform at the seasonal Vancouver Bach Chamber Choir and Youth Choir concerts as well as at Vancouver’s official Remembrance Day Ceremonies, in addition to their own individual concerts.
Children and Youth Choirs
The Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus was founded by Bruce Pullan and Joyce Maguire in 1984. The Children’s Choir has recorded several CD’s and done tours across both Europe and North America. They also perform with the adult Bach Choir at certain events.
There are five different choir groups that children can join. Piccolo, the youngest group, is comprised of students in kindergarten up to grade 2. Toccatas is for children in grades 3 and 4. Partitas is for grades 3 to 7 and was created specifically for families on the East side of Vancouver. Chorales is for older children, from grades 5 to 8, and the Chorus is the oldest group, comprised of children between grades 6 and 10.
All the children’s choirs, except for the Piccolo group, are invited to perform at the seasonal concerts during Christmas time, spring and summer.
The Vancouver Bach Youth Choir is open to girls older than grade 10 and boys once their voices change. They perform in the Christmas, spring and summer concerts. They are also invited to perform at the City of Vancouver’s Remembrance Day ceremonies with the Sarabande.
Check out the Vancouver Bach Family of Choirs website for more details about the organization.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver Bach Festival
- Vancouver Shows & Entertainment Calendar
- Entertainment in Vancouver
- Vancouver Choirs
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events