Concerts performed by the Victoria Philharmonic Choir since its inception in 2005 


2017/2018 Season:

Vaughan Williams - Dona Nobis Pacem
Puccini - Messa di Gloria

Sunday, November 12, Alix Goolden Hall

Family Christmas Sing-Along
Thursday December 21, St. Mary's Oak Bay

Bach B-Minor Mass
Saturday, March 10, First Metropolitan Church

Rachmaninoff All Night Vigil (Vespers)
Saturday, June 2, St. Andrews Cathedral


2016/2017 Season:

Requiems by Fauré and Duruflé

 Saturday, November 12, 2016 , First Metropolitan United Church

Family Christmas Carol Singalong Concert 

 Wednesday, December 21, 2016 St. Mary`s Church Oak Bay

Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 (Vespro della Beata Vergine)

 Saturday, June 3 and Sunday June 4, 2017  St. Andrew`s Catholic Cathedral

SummerVoices - Purcell's King Arthur (week-long workshop and concert)

July 3-8, 2017, St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay


2015/2016 Season:

Karl Jenkins' Armed Man Mass for Peace, with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy
November 6, 8:00 pm, University Centre Farqhuar Auditorium

Family Christmas Carol Sing-Along Concert
December 21, 7:00 pm, St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay

Haydn Theresienmesse & Mozart Requiem
March 9,  2016 7:30 pm, Alix Goolden Hall

Beethoven 9th Symphony as guests of the Victoria Symphony,
with Victoria Choral Society
Royal Theatre: Sat. May 7, 8 pm; Sun. May 8, 2.30 pm,
Cowichan Theatre (Duncan): Mon. May 9, 7.30 pm

SummerVoices - Pergolisi Magnificat, Bach Magnificat (week-long workshop and concert)
June 26-30, 2016, St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay


Verdi Requiem (VPC plus guest choristers)

Sunday, May 24, 2.30 pm, Farquhar Auditorium,
University of Victoria
The 150 member chorus, accompanied by 55 members of the Civic Orchestra of Victoria and Victoria Chamber Orchestra, and soloists Ingrid Attrot, Sarah Fryer, Andrew Greenwood and Richard Margison.


Bach St. John Passion
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 7.30 pm, First Metropolitan United Church
Benjamin Butterfield (Evangelist), Nathan McDonald, (Christus)
Jane Long (soprano), Sarah Fryer (mezzo-soprano), Josh Lovell (tenor), Nathaniel Watson (baritone),
Christi Meyers: Orchestra leader.

Family Christmas Carol Sing-along Concert
Monday, Dec. 22,  7 pm,
St.Mary's Church, Oak Bay


Sing Along Messiah
Sunday, December 14, 2.30 pm,
Shawnigan Lake School Chapel

With members of the Civic Orchestra of Victoria and 12 soloists.

Civic Orchestra's 16th Annual full orchestra Messiah Wednesday,
December 17, 7 pm,  at Alix Goolden Hall.  VPC was the core choir.
SummerVoices - Vivaldi Gloria & music by Monteverdi, Purcell,
Stanford & Rachmaninov
(week-long workshop & concert)

 Friday, July 10, 2015 at St. Mary's Church, 1701 Elgin Rd., Oak Bay
5 pm & 7.30 pm


Theodora - G.F. Handel
Saturday, June 7th, 2014  8pm
First Metropolitan United Church

Soloists Nancy Argenta (soprano), Sarah Fryer (mezzo-soprano), Benjamin Butterfield (tenor) Andrew Greenwood (baritone), Daniel Taylor (countertenor), and Adam Dyjach  (tenor), plus a 25 piece orchestra led by violinist Mark Lupin.

Brahms' Requiem
Saturday May 10, 2014 8:00 pm & Sunday May 11, 2:30 pm, Royal Theatre
Maestra Tania Miller conducts the Victoria Symphony and a mass chorus, with the Victoria Choral Society

A Musical Evening with the Canadian Club
Wednesday, April 16, 2014  5.30 pm cocktails, followed by dinner
Uplands Golf Club

Vespers of 1610 - Monteverdi
Saturday, June 8th, 2013
St. Andrews Cathedral
Conductor - Peter Butterfield
Special guest performers La Rose des Vents, a 5-piece cornett and sackbut (early trombone) ensemble
Violinist Christi Meyers

Nancy Washeim, soprano
Anne Grimm, soprano
Mark De Silva, tenor
Mark Donnelly, counter tenor
Adam Dyjach, tenor
Paul Grindlay, bass-baritone
Family Christmas Carol Sing-Along Concert

Saturday, December 21, 2013  7:00 pm, St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay
with guest organist Michael Molnar

Oak Bay Beach Hotel Holiday Tea
Sunday, December 22, 2013  2:00 pm, David Foster TheatreVictoria Philharmonic Chamber Choir & pianist Julian Greenwood

Convoy PQ 17 by Christopher Butterfield
November 10, 2013
Performed by the Victoria Symphony, the dance troupe Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, and the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Maestra Tania Miller at University of Victoria Farquhar Auditorium.

Israel in Egypt
Saturday, October 20th, 2012: First Metropolitan United Church
Conductor Peter Butterfield

Soloists:  sopranos Nancy Washeim and Catherine Campolin, mezzo-soprano Erin Ronningen, tenor Josh Lovell, and basses Dale Friesen and Gary Relyea.
J.S.Bach's Mass in B minor
Sunday, October 28th, 2012
Chan Centre at UBC,Vancouver, as guests of VancouverVoices
Conductor:  Peter Butterfield

Soloists : Anne Grimm, Sarah Fryer, Benjamin Butterfield and Nathaniel Watson.

J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor
Saturday, June 9th, 2012 (8:00 pm at First Metropolitan United Church)
Conductor: Peter Butterfield

Soloists: Anne Grimm (soprano), Sarah Fryer (mezzo-soprano), Benjamin Butterfield (tenor), Nathaniel Watson (baritone)
Orchestra leader: Christi Meyers

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins

May 3rd 2012
Conducted by Peter Butterfield and Donna Williams
Victoria Philharmonic Choir members were guest performers joining the St Michaels University School Choir and Orchestra in this performance at the Farquhar Auditorium at the University of Victoria.
Pirates to Pilgrims - Famous Choruses by Verdi, Bizet, Wagner
First Metropolitan United Church April 21st 2012

Dido and Aeneas - Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Great minds, Dido's lament & final chorus
Cari Burdett, mezzo-soprano

Theodora - G.F. Handel (1685-1759)
Come, mighty Father, mighty Lord      
Angels ever bright and fair (aria)
O that I on wings could rise (aria)
           Mary-Ellen Rayner, soprano
He saw the lovely youth
Carmen - George Bizet (1838-1875)
Chorus of Cigarette Girls
       Cari Burdett, mezzo-soprano
Je dis que rien (Michaela)
        Mary-Ellen Rayner, soprano
Tannhäuser - Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Pilgrim's Chorus
Lohengrin - Richard Wagner
Bridal Chorus
Audience participation
Humming Chorus (Madame Butterfly) - Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Va, pensiero (Nabucco) - Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)


Il Trovatore - Guiseppe Verdi
Anvil chorus
Stride, la vampa
         Cari Burdett, mezzo-soprano (Azucena)
Pirates of Penzance - W.S.Gilbert (1836-1911) & Aurth Sullivan (1842-1900)
Poor wandering one
         Mary-Ellen Rayner, soprano (Mabel)
Stay, we must not lose our senses
With cat-like tread
The long day closes - Arthur Sullivan
Finale from The Gondoliers - Gilbert and Sullivan

Messiah – George Friderick Handel
December 11th and 14th 2011
In collaboration with the Victoria Civic Orchestra the Victoria Philharmonic Choir
conductor - Peter Butterfield
The first was in the chapel of Shawnigan Lake School and the second at the Alex Goolden Performance Hall in Victoria.

Matthew Leighton, treble [Shawnigan Lake performance]
Mary-Ellen Trayner, soprano [Victoria performance]
Erin Ronnigen, alto
Josh Lovell, tenor
Alex Granat, bass

Family Christmas Carol Sing-Along Concert
Monday December 20th, 2011 - Church of St.John the Divine -
Conductor: Peter Butterfield
Organist : David Stratkauskas

Music for Royal Occasions
Saturday October 22, 2011 -
Church of St John the Divine, Victoria with David Stratkauskas,Organ and the Victoria Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Butterfield

Hosanna to the Son of David - Orlando Gibbons
O Lord, Make they servant Elizabeth our Queen - Willian Byrd
Funeral Music for Queen Mary - G.F. Handel
Zadok the Priest - G.F. Handel
Let Thy Hand be Strengthened - G.F. Handel
The King Shall Rejoice - G.F. Handel
Coronation Mass - W.A. Mozart
(Soloists: Ember Lanuti -Soprano, Erin Ronningen - Alto, Josh Lovell - Tenor, Alex McMorran- Bass)
Like as a hart desireth the water brooks - Herbert Howells
Jerusalem - Sir Charles Hubert Parry
I was glad - Sir Chales Hubert Parry   

Verdi Requiem
May 13, 14, 15, 2011 -
presented by the Victoria Symphony in collaboration with the Victoria Choral Society and the Victoria Philharmonic Choir.

Bach - St. Matthew Passion
April 21, 2011 -
Presented by VancouverVoices and the Victoria Philharmonic Choir.
Chan Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
Music Director:  Peter Butterfield

Soloists:  Stephen Varcoe (Christus), Benjamin Butterfield (Evangelist), Sarah Fryer (mezzo arias), Jennifer Farrell (soprano arias), Mark De Silva (tenor arias) and Gary Relyea (bass arias).

Rockin' Handel & Bach at his Best
March 2011 Music Director - Peter Butterfield
Soloists: Anne Grimm (soprano), Nancy Washeim (soprano), Sarah Fryer (mezzo-soprano), Benjamin Butterfield (tenor), Dale Throness (bass)
Guest choristers: members of VancouverVoices and VancouverVoices Youth with Victoria Chamber Orchestra, and
Viol de gamba: Natalie Mackie, Martin Bonham
Continuo/harpsichord: Christopher Bagan
Flute: Janet See, Soile Stratkauskas
Lute/theorbo: Douglas Hensley
Oboe d'amore: Colin Mailer, Sheila Longton
'Trauerode' (Cantata 198) --  J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Dixit Dominus (Vulgate Psalm 109, HWV 232) -- G.F. Handel (1685-1759)
Family Christmas Carol Sing-Along Concert
December 2010  
Music Director - Peter Butterfield
Soloists: Bernard Turgeon, baritone, & Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, cello
Organist: David Stratkauskas

Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Trad. - O Come O Come Emmanuel
Gauntlett - Once in Royal David's City
Davies (arr) - O Little Town of Bethlehem
Rutter - Christmas Lullaby, Nativity Carol
Leontovich - Carol of the Bells
Stainer (arr) - The First Nowell
Lauridsen - O Magnum Mysterium
Willcocks (arr) - Away in a Manger
Halley (arr) O Come All Ye Faithful
Willcocks (arr) God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Tavener - The Lamb
Warlock - Bethlehem down
Gruber - Silent Night
Willcocks (arr) - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Music for Twilight
November 2010
Music Director - Peter Butterfield
Soloists:  Nancy Washeim, Chelsie Hart, Julia Hensley, Rowan Hensley, Carolyn Affleck, Amy Hall, Susan Patterson, Eva Bild, Mark DeSilva, Dale Friesen
Guest Organist:  Michael Molnar
Flute: Soile Stratkauskas

Kodaly - Missa Brevis (in memory of Janos Sandor)
Daley - For the Fallen Trumpet solo: Christopher Fenje
Casals - O Vos Omnes
Mathias - Let the People Praise Thee, O God
Tavener - Song for Athene
Handel - Susse Stille, Sanfte Quelle, from 9 German Arias - Solo by Nancy Washeim
Whitacre - Water Night
Moore - Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1. Morning Prayers
Holst - Nunc Dimittis

Summer Choral Concert
July 2010
Music Director - Peter Butterfield
Soloists:  Felix Butterfield, Nathaniel Watson
Guest Organists:  Michael Molnar and Jennifer Mitchell

Vierne -  Messe Solenelle
Faure  -  Requiem
Bach   -  Sanctus and Osanna (from B Minor Mass)

Bach - St. Matthew Passion

March 2010
Music Director - Peter Butterfield
Soloists:  John Arsenault, Michael Uloth, Sarah Fryer, Jennifer Farrell, Daniel Lichti
Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Vancouver Voices, Vancouver Voices Youth Choir,
Students of St. Michael University School, and Victoria Symphony Orchestra

Family Christmas Carol Sing-Along Concert

December 2009
Music Director: Peter Butterfield
Nicholas Fairbank - Organist

Romantic Choral Jewels
November 2009
Music Director: Peter Butterfield
Kim Cousineau, Kelly Charlton - Piano

Brahms - Liebeslieder (Opus 52)
Mendelssohn - Psalm 2 ("Why Rage Fiercely")
Rheinberger - Mass in e flat
Schumann -  Zigeunerleben

Celebration Concert with the Victoria Symphony
August 2009
Tania Miller and Jeanne Lamon, Conductors
Peter Butterfield, Music Director

St Mathew Passion (excerpts) – J.S. Bach

Evangelist- Aaron Ferguson, tenor
Judas - Alex Granat, bass
Petrus - Johnathan Adams, bass
Ancilla I - Noemi Kiss, soprano
Ancilla II - Kirsten Piehl, soprano

Ode on St. Cecillia's Day - George Frederic Handel

Tenor - Isaiah Bell
Soprano - Mary-Ellen Rayner
Tenor - Aaron Ferguson
Soprano - Monica Orso
Soprano - Eve Richardson
Soprano - Megan Chartrand
Soprano - Neomi Kiss

Choral Concert
May 2009
St. John the Divine
Music Director: Peter Butterfield
Michael Molnar, Organ
Kathryn Humphries, mezzo-soprano
Larry Skaggs, cello

Exultate Deo - Palestrina
Ave Verum - William Byrd
Haec Dies - William Byrd
Richte mich, Gott - Mendelssoln
Locus iste - Bruckner
Ave Maria – Bruckner
Justorum animae – Stanford
Beati quorum via – Stanford
Salve Regina Poulenc
Ubi Caritas - Maurice Durufle
Requiem - Maurice Durufle

Carmina Burana – Carl Orff
March 2009
Tania Miller, conductor
Leslie Ann Bradley, soprano
David Trudgen, counter-tenor
Theodore Baerg, baritone
Victoria Philharmonic Choir
Victoria Choral Society
Giuseppe Pietraroia, Choir Director
Victoria Children’s Choir, Madeleine Humer, director

Haydn - The Seasons
November 2008
Simon Capet - Conductor
Anne Grimm - Soprano
Benjamin Butterfield - Tenor
Bruce Kelly - Baritone

Salieri Mass in D
Beethoven Mass in C
Mozart Concert Arias Vado, ma dove? and Voi avete un cor dedele

April 2008
Simon Capet - Conductor
Nancy Argenta - Soprano
Julia Morgan - Mezzo Soprano
Keith Boldt - Tenor
Andrew Greenwood - Baritone

Peer Gynt, Op.23by Edvard Grieg
March 2008
Based on the original play by Henrik Ibsen (1867)
With the Victoria Symphony
Tania Miller, Conductor
Simon Capet, Choir Music Director
Christopher Gaze - Peer Gynt and Narrator
Monica Whicher, Soprano
Sarah Fryer, Mezzo-soprano
Herd Girls: Stephanie Landucci, Robin Sudbury and Jennie O'Connell
Troll Girl, Stephanie Landucci
Old Troll, Peter Saunders
Death, John Money
Button Moulder, Randy Enkin

Dvorak's "The Spectre's Bride"
October 2007
Simon Capet, Conductor
Ken Lavigne, Tenor
Anne Grimm, Soprano
Bruce Kelly, Baritone
Tim Gosley, Shadow puppet director
Michael Gagne, Shadow Puppet design

Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C Minor Opus 80.
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus

May 2007
With the Victoria Symphony
Tania Miller, Conductor
Simon Capet, Choir Music Director
Jane Coop, Piano

Handel: Samson
April 2007
Simon Capet, Conductor
Ken Lavigne, Tenor
Nancy Washeim, Soprano
Bruce Kelly, Baritone
Michelle McKenzie, Mezzo Soprano
Stephen Barradell, Baritone
Martina Haakenstad, Soprano
November 2006

Karl Jenkins: Requiem, Adiemus and Palladio
May 2006
Karl Jenkins and Simon Capet, Conductors
Nancy Washeim, Soprano
Elizabeth Skillings, Soprano
Sahara Sloan, Soprano
Charlotte McGee, Soprano

Handel: Dettingen Te Deum
Bach: Cantata 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen
Bach: Orchestral Suite no.3

April 2006
Simon Capet, Conductor
Erinn Roberts - Mezzo Soprano
Isaiah Bell - Tenor
Sam Marcaccini - Bass

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Six Motets for Easter

November 2005
Simon Capet, Conductor
Nancy Washeim - Soprano
Barbara Black - Mezzo Soprano

Bruckner: Requiem
Mozart: Solemn Vespers

VPC’s first concert - 2005
Simon Capet, Conductor
Joanne Hounsell -Soprano
Rebecca Haas - Mezzo Soprano
Leon Leontaridis - Tenor
Sam Marcaccini - Bass


























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