Hello! Welcome to the website of The Victoria Good News Choir Society.
The Victoria Good News Choir Society, incorporated under the societies act and a member of the British Columbia Choral Federation, was founded in 1997 by Louise Rose as a three month project to raise funds for Claremont High School’s theatre construction project. This Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass non-audition community choir celebrated its 18th anniversary in 2015. (Louise never could tell time.)
Louise has served as the choir’s accompanist, music director and resident arranger for all of the years of the choir’s existence.
Our membership is intergenerational, culturally, religiously and spiritually diverse. Our repertoire is composed of arrangements of music from the sixteenth century to funk to rock ‘n roll to gospel to spirituals. Louise has arranged most of the choir’s repertoire.
ALL AGES TOGETHER IN SONG
We are a NON-AUDITION
community choir and we are inviting people of all ages
to come and sing with us at Cordova Bay United Church, 813 Claremont Avenue. Phone 250-658-1946 for more details.
The Victoria Good News Choir, directed by Louise Rose, presents:
‘Simple Gifts ..an Old Fashioned Carol Singalong’
on Tuesday, December 8th at 7:00pm (doors 6:30) at Cordova Bay United Church, 813 Claremont Avenue.
Special Guests, The 5th Tsartlip Cordova Bay Beavers and Central Middle School Choir.
Tickets in advance $15. Children 12 and under – free. The Smart Bookshop, Royal Oak Shopping Centre, Tanners Books, Sidney, Ivy’s Book Shop, Oak Bay Village and at Tuesday evening rehearsals at Cordova Bay United Church from 6:30 – 7:30pm.
Tickets at the door: $20. Children 12 and under – free. Phone 250-658-1946 or email: email@example.com for more details.
THE TIME HAS COME to announce that THE TIME HAS COME and that THE TIME IS HERE… WE’RE 18 & WE’RE LEAVING HOME>
In 1997 Cordova Bay United Church opened its doors in welcome and has served as ‘home’ to The Victoria Good News Choir ever since. It’s the only home we’ve known. Choir rehearsals, potlucks of all kinds, silent auctions and concerts have been held within the walls of the late Pamela Charlesworth’s architectural genius in these 18 years.
And, as with many who reach the age of 18, the time comes to leave home. I’m trying to look at the change I’m about to announce in that light.
In 1963 Sam Cooke wrote and recorded a song entitled “A Change Is Gonna Come” in which there is a line - ‘it’s been a long time comin’, but I know a change is gonna come’.
The Victoria Good News Choir is now poised to MOVE to a NEW REHEARSAL DAY, FORMAT, TIME and PLACE starting Saturday, 16 January 2016
Slowly over the years and more pointedly in recent months, the message has been being proclaimed … first quietly and now more loudly and clearly that a change WAS happening, NEEDED to happen and NOW … IS GOING to happen.
The change needed to acknowledge the new reality of this choir’s population and age group while also rejoicing in the direction(s) that allowed a focused continuation of the choir’s mission… participation of youth, families and the elderly… all ages together in song
CHANGE. I can think of no one who really likes change (even when it is of their own making). Having to readjust can be annoying and inconvenient. For some it may mean concluding that attempting to readjust is more trouble than it’s worth and the choice is to leave the choir. While for some others, it may be just what the doctor ordered.
I’m challenged to be comfortable with change. And the reality is that it is what it is. Cadboro Bay United Church has extended a welcome to the choir to make its Pamela Charlesworth designed building its new home. On behalf of the members of the board of directors, I accepted.
I am now delighted to announce the NEW TIME – 10AM – 12 NOON; DAY– SATURDAY- starting SATURDAY, 16 JANUARY 2016; PLACE - CADBORO BAY UNITED CHURCH, 2625 Arbutus Road (on Bus Route #11).
FORMAT: 3 SATURDAYS PER MONTH
Monthly Monday Outreach will REMAIN part of the choir’s mandate.
So I’m choosing to view this change as an ‘opportunity’ and to seize the opportunity with ‘gusto’.
The Time Has Come…
AKA – The Piano Player
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All Ages Together in Song We welcome you and your family to sing with us for the joy of singing. Experience the gift of singing with your child or children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends in a warm and caring community. No auditions and all ages welcome. Lots of fun too! Starting January 16th 2016 at Cadboro Bay Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Road on Saturday mornings.
For more details: phone: 250-658-1946, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to the Victoria Good News Choir space.
I've often been asked if The Victoria Good News Choir is a 'gospel' choir. I respond No!
We are a NON-AUDITION community choir for All Ages that rehearses from 6:30 until 9 PM on Tuesday evening at Cordova Bay United Church, 813 Claremont Avenue. We sing music from the 16th century to funk.
I started this choir because I wanted to provide a place where everyone would be welcome to sing... for three months. We've now been singing for thirteen years.
This choir is now my life's work. There is no retirement in sight.
I thought I wanted to have a choir in order to make music with and for people who expressed an interest in singing and especially those who'd been discouraged. What I know today is that those who want to sing want to sing for reasons that may have little to do with singing.
My job is to be prepared to serve you with all my heart.
This choir, like every relationship, is changing. Change is going to happen to each of us no matter what we do and sometimes because of what we do.
Somehow the challenges of life seem manageable when there is a focus. No matter how unusual that may seem, it is true. I choose to make every day one in which I move forward.
Ultimately The Victoria Good News Choir is a choir growing into its mission of 'community'.
We are female and male singers who come from many walks of life. We are a community in that we agree on some things.
We sing, work and play together. We invest in our communities through monthly outreach at area hospitals, retirement and care facilities. We tithe. We continue to make ourselves available to schools of all kinds for fundraising events.
We are an ever changing entity that attempts to respond to each other, the adventure of remaining relevant, alive, engaged the world in which each of us lives.
We are The Victoria Good News Choir .
My belief is that your voice has a right to be heard.
Come. Join us.
See you soon,