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What: The Peninsula Singers present their spring 2014 benefit concert series:
From White Cliffs to Emerald Shores:
Music from the British Isles

Why? Because Glenda Korella and her Singers will take you on a magical journey of memorable songs from England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Spotlight on Young Artist: The Lisik Family Dancers + Katrina & Cadence.

Proceeds: to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation’s Music Therapy Program Non-perishable donations to the Sidney Food Bank gratefully accepted.

Tickets: Adults: $25 | Children $13. Available through Mary Winspear Box Office. Call 250-656-0275. Hours: M-F, 9:30-12:30; 1-5 pm; Sat. 1-4 pm.


Show Highlights... (right click 'save target as' for high rez image) all photos by Tom Watson

The Chorus: The Peninsula Singers

PS-Spring300This show choir has been performing to sold-out concerts in the Sidney, B.C. area  for over 30 years, entertaining audiences with an eclectic and wide-ranging repertoire. The “Singers” cover music ranging from Broadway show tunes to spirituals, from rock-n-roll to hymns. At their Christmas concerts, traditional as well as modern carols are featured.  And for their spring concerts, Artistic Director Glenda Korella chooses compelling themes around which the songs are chosen.  We've saluted Canada, the British Isles & Ireland,  travelled "Around the World in 80 Days," celebrated "All You Need Is Love" and. last spring we celebrated the chapters in each person's life in "The Long and Winding Road."   This April, it's on to the movies, with an invitation to enjoy movies from the 40s until not, including some interesting production numbers.  Says Lynda Spence, a nine-year veteran, "I enjoy being able to participate in choral music with its rich harmonies, challenging rhythms and varying moods. Glenda’s sense of humour makes it all fun, and we leave the stage with a sense of euphoria and a job well done."

We are an eclectic group. Many of us have moved here from all parts of Canada, particularly Ontario; and from England, Scotland, Germany and the United States.  In our ranks we number a brigadier general, a former vet, a piano teacher, an investment counselor, a geologist, a former treaty negotiator with the Dept. of Indian Affairs, a banker, a professor of nursing and several authors including one who writes romance novels.  We are teachers, former school principals, an oceanographer, a research scientist with Fisheries & Oceans and a professor from the UVic Faculty of Education. As well, our chorus includes a chartered accountant, a bookkeeper, a certified organic farmer and one owner of a marina.  We are parents and grandparents.

Members of the Chorus are drawn from the Greater Victoria area and most are amateur singers, with some semi-professionals in the ranks.  The Chorus is auditioned; they commit concert repertoire to memory.
 As part of their commitment to music in the Peninsula, the Chorus offers a hand up to young and talented artists from the Greater Victoria area, giving these future stars the chance to perform in front of our audiences. In the "Spotlight on a Young Artist," violinists, cellists, coloratura sopranos, ballerinas and pianists have all taken their place alongside the Singers, many of these youngsters going on to full-fledged professional careers. 

Artistic Director: Glenda Korella ARCT, BEd, MA

This Spring marks Glenda Korella's 13th year as musical director of the Peninsula Singers.   After moving from Calgary in 1998, Glenda began singing with the chorus, feeling that she “really needed music in her life at that time”.  In the spring of 2001, she took over conducting the Peninsula Singers. Under her leadership, the Singers have become a well-regarded show chorus, including choreography, costumes and humour in all their shows.  As well, Glenda moved the Singers' concerts from a Sidney church to Mary Winspear Centre--becoming the first entertainers to walk the stage of Winspear. The very popular "Spotlight on a Young Artist" is another Glenda innovation. "Music is my passion," says Glenda.  "And it's exciting for me to see the positive and uplifting effect music has on the Chorus as well as our audiences." Framed on the wall of Glenda's music studio are the words: “Music lifts the spirit and brings joy to the soul”.



on Young Artists:

The Lisik Family Dancers

The Lisik Family dancers are Isaac, 25, Genevieve, 22, and L’Amour Lisik, 20. Isaac has been highland dancing since he was five years old, and the girls since they were four. Highland dancing has become a lifelong hobby for all of them, involving competitions, community performances, and volunteer teaching with the Lynne Griffiths School of Highland Dance in Victoria. Isaac is currently working on his secondary teacher’s certificate at the University of Victoria, having first completed his Bachelor’s degree in Earth and Ocean Sciences and Biology. He enjoys all aspects of Highland dance especially choreography: two of his highland dance numbers were performed at the 2013 Pacific Tattoo in Victoria. Genevieve has been busy volunteering with missions to places like El Salvador, Brazil, and Hong Kong after completing her Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts. She has also been busy directing Summer Ministries at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Victoria for the last few years, while volunteering at schools and keeping up her hobbies for highland, ballet, painting, and pottery. She hopes to pursue her passion for dance, art and teaching by becoming an elementary school teacher. L’Amour is currently studying creative non-fiction writing and poetry at the University of Victoria while working part-time at a café in the YMCA. She has also used her vocal talent, singing works by Robbie Burns, as well as  jazz tune-- even her own compositions, which can be accessed at Reverbnation under “Rosemary and L’Amour”. All three siblings have musical and artistic inclinations, and the Lisik Family Dancers are excited to be a part of the Peninsula Singers’ spring show.

Katrina & Cadence

Katrina van Boven and Cadence Wille are both accomplished Irish Dancers, though they are just 16 and 14 respectively.   They have competed in both World Championships and North American Championships. Katrina has been honoured as a three-time Western Champion, seven-time World Qualifier and nine-time North American Qualifier.  Cadence has also been honoured as a two-time North American Qualifier.  Both started dancing very young, Katrina at five and Cadence at six. As well, both are students at the O’Brien School of Irish Dance in Victoria--their dances have been choreographed by Mairead O’Brien, owner and director of the school. 

Both Katrina and Cadence are dedicated dancers who spend many hours in and out of class training.  Katrina, currently in grade 11, sells eggs along with her sisters to help offset her travel costs for dance.  She loves to hang out with friends and is enjoying studying and practicing to become an
Esthetician.  Cadence is a grade nine student who enjoys performing, drawing and painting.

The  O'Brien School of Irish Dance opened doors on the island in 1995.  Since then, over 800 students have learned how to Irish dance under Ms.O'Brien’s direction.


Accompanist: Janet Yonge BMus ~ Piano

Janet Yonge has been a piano teacher and accompanist in the Victoria area for over thirty years. She studied music at the University of Alberta and the University of Victoria with teachers Edward Parker, Dr. Gordana Lazarevich and Bruce Vogt. While raising three sons, she has maintained a home studio for piano students and has collaborated with soloists, in particular, with singers. Janet’s other musical interests and training include the flute and organ. For recreation, she is a distance walker and dancer. The plaque on her wall reads “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” (Berthold Auerbach) Janet had the pleasure of accompanying the Victoria Broadway Chorus under the direction of Bob Leblanc, and is currently the accompanist for the choral music program at Lambrick Park Secondary School.  She is thrilled to be the Peninsula Singers’ new accompanist.

Master of Ceremonies
Jim Kingham

This is Jim’s fifth year as our dapper MC. But he’s done more than simply introduce the songs and tell their stories--he’s become an integral part of each performance. Jim has been called upon to play his sax and clarinet and, on occasion, he’s done a little singing. In past concerts, he’s played the role of pub owner, radio disc jockey and cruise director, all with a nice touch of humour. Though his professional career has been devoted to environmental work at the provincial, federal and international levels, music has always been an important part of Jim’s life. As a young lad, Jim sang choral music, moved on to form his own four-piece dance band and later sang with Toronto’s Lysenko Choral Ensemble. After moving to the Peninsula, Jim sang lead with the Victoria Village Squires for a few years. Now he sings and plays baritone and alto sax as well as clarinet with the Swiftsure Big Band and alto sax with Don Scott’s jazz combo. “Working with the Peninsula Singers over the last five years has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my musical life,” says Jim, “I love their energy and enthusiasm.”

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