A list of concerts since our inception in 2005

All Victoria Philharmonic Choir concerts were conducted by Peter Butterfield unless otherwise noted:


10th Annual Family Christmas Carol Sing-along Concert – with organist Michael Molnar – December 21, St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay

Rutter Requiem and the Lauridsen Lux Aeterna — with soprano soloist Jessica Wagner and members of the Victoria Symphony — November 17, First Metropolitan United Church

2018/2019 Season


2017/2018 Season

Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem & Puccini Messa di Gloria – with soloists Eve Daniell, Gary Relyea, Nolan Kehler, Andrew Greenwood and members of the Victoria Symphony – November 12, Alix Goolden Hall

Family Christmas Carol Sing-along Concert – with organist Michael Molnar and guitarist Andrei Burdeti – December 21, St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay

Bach B Minor Mass – with soloists Anne Grimm, Sarah Fryer, Isaiah Bell, Nathaniel Watson – March 10, First Metropolitan Church

Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil (Vespers) – with soloists Kathryn Humphries and Taylor Fawcett – June 2, St. Andrews Cathedral

SummerVoices Choral Workshop – Purcell The Fairy Queen July 2–7, St. Mary’s Church, Oak Bay


2016/2017 Season

Fauré Requiem & Duruflé Requiem – with soloists Rachel Allen and Andrew Greenwood – November 12, First Metropolitan United Church

Family Christmas Carol Sing-along Concert – with organist Michael Molnar – December 21, St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay

Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 (Vespro della Beata Vergine) – with La Rose des Vents and soloists Anne van der Sloot, Abigail Overman, Zachary Windus, Isaiah Bell, Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure, Paul Boughen and Nathan McDonald – June 3 & 4, St. Andrew’s Cathedral

SummerVoices Choral Workshop –Purcell King Arthur – July 3–8, St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay


2015/2016 Season

Jenkins The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace & Philip Moore Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer – with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, soloists Rachel Allen, Zachary Windus, Adam Dyjach, Xuguang Zhang and Sami Muntaser (call to prayer) – November 6, Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria

Family Christmas Carol Sing-along Concert – with organist Michael Molnar – December 21, St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay

Haydn Theresienmesse & Mozart Requiem – with soloists Donna Brown, Sarah Fryer, Benjamin Butterfield and Gary Relyea – March 9, Alix Goolden Hall

Beethoven 9th Symphony – as guests of the Victoria Symphony conducted by Maestra Tania Miller, with the Victoria Choral Society – May 7 & 8, Royal Theatre, and May 9, Cowichan Theatre, Duncan

SummerVoices Choral Workshop –Pergolesi Magnificat & Bach Magnificat – June 26–30, St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay


2014/2015 Season

Music for St. Cecilia's Day – Workshop & Concert – November 22, St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay

Sing-along Handel Messiah – in collaboration with the Civic Orchestra of Victoria and twelve soloists – December 14, Shawnigan Lake School Chapel, and December 17, Alix Goolden Hall

Bach – St. John Passion – semi-staged, with soloists Benjamin Butterfield, Nathan McDonald, Jane Long, Sarah Fryer, Josh Lovell and Nathaniel Watson, and members of the Victoria Symphony – April 4, First Metropolitan United Church

Verdi Requiem – with soloists Ingrid Attrot, Sarah Fryer, Andrew Greenwood and Richard Margison and a community chorus of 150, members of the Civic Orchestra of Victoria and Victoria Chamber Orchestra – May 24, Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria

SummerVoices Choral Workshop – Vivaldi Gloria and music by Monteverdi, Purcell, Stanford & Rachmaninoff – July 6–10, St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay


2013/2014 Season

Butterfield Convoy PQ 17 – as guests of the Victoria Symphony conducted by Maestra Tania Miller, with dance troupe Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie – November 10, Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria

Family Christmas Carol Sing-along Concert – December 21, St. Mary's Church, Oak Bay

Oak Bay Beach Hotel Holiday Tea – with pianist Julian Greenwood – December 22, David Foster Theatre

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem – as guests of the Victoria Symphony, conducted by Maestra Tania Miller, with the Victoria Choral Society – May 10 & 11, Royal Theatre

Handel Theodora – with soloists Nancy Argenta, Sarah Fryer, Daniel Taylor, Benjamin Butterfield and Andrew Greenwood – June 7, First Metropolitan United Church

SummerVoices Choral Workshop – Purcell Dido & Aeneas – July, St. Mary’s Church, Oak Bay


2012/2013 Season

Bach Mass in B minor – as guests of VancouverVoices, with soloists Anne Grimm, Sarah Fryer, Benjamin Butterfield and Nathaniel Watson – October 28, Chan Centre, UBC, Vancouver

Handel Israel in Egypt – with soloists Nancy Washeim, Catherine Campolin, Erin Ronningen, Josh Lovell, Dale Friesen, Gary Relyea and orchestra (Mark Lupin, leader) – October 20, First Metropolitan United Church

Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 (Vespro della Beata Vergine) – with La Rose des Vents (sackbut and cornetto ensemble), orchestra, and soloists Nancy Washeim, Anne Grimm, Mark De Silva, Mark Donnelly, Adam Dyjach and Paul Grindlay – June 8, St. Andrew’s Cathedral


2011/2012 Season

Music for Royal Occasions – with organist David Stratkauskas, the Victoria Chamber Orchestra and soloists Ember Lanuti, Erin Ronningen, Josh Lovell and Alex McMorran – October 22, Church of St. John the Divine

Sing-along Handel Messiah – in collaboration with the Victoria Civic Orchestra, with student soloists – December 11, Shawnigan Lake School Chapel and December 14, Alix Goolden Hall

Family Christmas Carol Sing-along Concert – with organist David Stratkauskas – December 20, Church of St. John the Divine

Pirates to Pilgrims – famous choruses by Verdi, Bizet & Wagner; with pianist Kim Cousineau, and soloists Mary-Ellen Rayner and Cari Burdett – April 21, First Metropolitan United Church

Jenkins The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace – as guest choristers joining St. Michaels University School Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Peter Butterfield and Donna Williams – May 3, Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria

Bach Mass in B Minor – with soloists Anne Grimm, Sarah Fryer, Benjamin Butterfield and Nathaniel Watson and members of the Victoria Symphony – June 9, First Metropolitan United Church


2010/2011 Season

Music for Twilight –Kodály Missa Brevis (dedicated to the memory of János Sándor) and short works by Whitacre, Tavener, Holst and Casals – with organist Michael Molnar and soloist Nancy Washeim – November 20, Church of St. John the Divine

Family Christmas Carol Sing-Along Concert – with organist David Stratkauskas, cellist Pamela Highbaugh Aloni and soloist Bernard Turgeon – December, Church of St. John the Divine

Handel Dixit Dominus & Bach Trauerode (Cantata BWV198) – with soloists Anne Grimm, Nancy Washeim, Sarah Fryer, Benjamin Butterfield and Dale Throness, and members of VancouverVoices and VancouverVoices Youth, and the Civic Orchestra of Victoria – March 12, St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Bach St. Matthew Passion – as guests of VancouverVoices and VancouverVoices Youth, with soloists Stephen Varcoe, Benjamin Butterfield, Sarah Fryer, Jennifer Farrell, Mark De Silva and Gary Relyea – April 21, Chan Centre, UBC

Verdi Requiem – as guests of the Victoria Symphony conducted by Maestra Tania Miller, with Victoria Choral Society – May 13, 14 & 15, Royal Theatre


2009/2010 Season

Romantic Choral Jewels –Brahms Liebeslieder & pieces by Mendelssohn, Rheinberger and Schumann – with pianists Kim Cousineau and Kelly Charlton – November 13, Alix Goolden Hall

Family Christmas Carol Sing-along Concert – with organist Nicholas Fairbank – December 22, Church of St. John the Divine

Bach St. Matthew Passion – with soloists John Arsenault, Michael Uloth, Sarah Fryer, Jennifer Farrell and Daniel Lichti, and VancouverVoices, VancouverVoices Youth, Students of St. Michael University School, and members of the Victoria Symphony – March 27, St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Summer Choral Concert –Vierne Messe Solennelle & Fauré Requiem, Bach Sanctus & Osanna (from the B minor Mass) – with soloists Felix Butterfield and Nathaniel Watson and organists Michael Molnar & Jennifer Mitchell – July 24, Church of St. John the Divine


2008/2009 Season

Haydn The Seasons – conducted by Simon Capet, with soloists Anne Grimm, Benjamin Butterfield and Bruce Kelly – November, Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria

Orff Carmina Burana – conducted by Maestra Tania Miller, with soloists Leslie Ann Bradley, David Trudgen and Theodore Baerg, and members of Victoria Choral Society, Victoria Children’s Choir and Victoria Symphony – March, Royal Theatre

Choral Concert (Inaugural concert of new VPC Music Director, Peter Butterfield)

Duruflé Requiem & short works by Palestrina, Byrd, Mendelssohn, Bruckner and Poulenc – with organist Michael Molnar, cellist Larry Skaggs and soloist Kathryn Humphries – May, Church of St. John the Divine


Celebration Concert with the Victoria Symphony –Bach St. Matthew Passion (excerpts) –Handel Ode on St. Cecilia's Day – conducted by Maestras Tania Miller and Jeanne Lamon, choir prepared by Peter Butterfield – August, Alix Goolden Hall


2007/2008 Season

Dvorak The Spectre’s Bride – conducted by Simon Capet, with soloists Ken Lavigne, Anne Grimm and Bruce Kelly; shadow puppet director Tim Gosley and designer Michael Gagné – October, Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria

Grieg Peer Gynt, Op. 23 – as guests of the Victoria Symphony, conducted by Maestra Tania Miller; choir prepared by Simon Capet; with Christopher Gaze as Peer Gynt and narrator, soloists Monica Whicher, Sarah Fryer, Stephanie Landucci, Robin Sudbury, Jennie O'Connell, Peter Saunders, John Money and Randy Enkin – March, Royal Theatre and Port Theatre, Nanaimo

Salieri Mass in D, Beethoven Mass in C & Mozart Arias – conducted by Simon Capet, with soloists Nancy Argenta, Julia Morgan, Keith Boldt and Andrew Greenwood — April, Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria


2006/2007 Season

Handel Samson – staged and conducted by Simon Capet, with soloists Ken Lavigne, Nancy Washeim, Bruce Kelly, Michelle McKenzie, Stephen Barradell and Martina Haakenstad, and members of the Victoria Symphony – April, McPherson Playhouse

Jenkins Requiem, Adiemus & Palladio – conducted by Karl Jenkins and Simon Capet, with soloists Nancy Washeim, Elizabeth Skillings, Sahara Sloan and Charlotte McGee, and members of the Victoria Symphony – May, Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria

Beethoven Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C Minor, Opus 80 & Mozart Ave Verum Corpus – as guests of the Victoria Symphony, conducted by Maestra Tania Miller; choir prepared by Simon Capet; with pianist Jane Coop


2005/2006 Season

The VPC’s first concert! Bruckner Requiem & Mozart Solemn Vespers – conducted by Simon Capet, with soloists Joanne Hounsell, Rebecca Haas, Leon Leontaridis and Sam Marcaccini, and members of the Victoria Symphony – November 19 & 20, St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Pergolesi Stabat Mater &Various composers: Six Motets for Easter– conducted by Simon Capet, with soloists Nancy Washeim and Barbara Black – April 8, Knox United Church, Parksville,  and April 14 Alix Goolden Hall

Handel Dettingen Te Deum, Bach Cantata BWV 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen & Orchestral Suite no. 3 – conducted by Simon Capet, with soloists Erinn Roberts, Isaiah Bell and Sam Marcaccini – April, Alix Goolden Hall