Choral festival soars to a closing note at St. Bernard

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By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com

The third annual High Cs and Digby Choral Festival ended on a high note May 23 with a choral concert featuring the mass choir of 120 singers at the acoustically renowned Saint Bernard Church in St. Bernard.

The concert also highlighted the choir Les Voix Dans L’Vent from Clare and the Summerside Community Choir from Prince Edward Island.

Malcolm Bradley, conductor of the Dartmouth Community Singers and Grace United Church Choir, was artistic director for the weekend festival, as well as conductor for the performance at St. Bernard.

Richard Probert, music director of the Sackets Vocal Arts Ensemble in New York, taught a master class in English diction in choral singing.

The festival was not intended to be an all work and no play event for the choristers. Festival director Richard Treleaven

Festival director Richard Treleaven said the weekend was a great success and it was a pleasure listening to the concert Sunday night.

“Listening to a great concert with three choirs was a pleasure and bringing the mass choir together was a masterful feat on the part of the conductor,” said Treleaven.

“What was even more fun was watching the mass choir come together in the relaxed atmosphere we tried to create. The festival was not intended to be an all work and no play event for the choristers and I believe we were successful in accomplishing that.”

Organizations: Saint Bernard Church, Summerside Community Choir, Dartmouth Community Singers Grace United Church Choir Digby Pines Golf Resort Church Point Bay Academy

Geographic location: New York, Atlantic Canada, Berwick

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