The Vancouver Bach Choir is an adult symphonic choir that performs concerts at the Orpheum Theatre and other venues across Metro Vancouver.
END OF SEASON CANCELLED
As of April 6th, 2020, remaining concerts and rehearsals in the 2019/20 season have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Hopefully choir activities will be able to return to normal in the fall.
For details about the decision to end the season early see the Bach Choir‘s website.
To learn about other organizations affected by the pandemic see our article about Vancouver COVID-19 Event Cancellations.
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.
Upcoming Bach Choir Events
Below are some of the upcoming events for the Vancouver Bach Choir’s 2020 season. (Note: Times, locations and other details are subject to change. See the choir’s official website for exact details.)
Behind the Keys
February 14th, 2020 – a special (and romantic) Valentine’s Day fundraising concert takes place at 7:30 pm at the Orpheum Annex at 823 Seymour Street (on the 2nd Floor) in Vancouver. The concert features Maestro Leslie Dala on piano.
May 10th, 2020 – the season finale concert takes place at 4:00 pm at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC at 265 Crescent Road in Vancouver. This performance features a new work commissioned from Canadian composer Katerina Gimon. (CANCELLED due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Concerts that took place last year are the following (and something similar will likely be taking place in 2020):
December 14th, 2019 – the highly popular annual concert took place at 7:30 pm at the Orpheum Theatre at 601 Smithe Street. The Bach Choir was joined by members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as well as a selection of Canadian soloists.
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 Shows & Entertainment Calendar
- Entertainment in Vancouver
- Vancouver Choirs
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events