Victoria Philharmonic Choir

2018-2019 Season

Medieval to Modern



J.S. Bach — St. Matthew Passion

Saturday, April 20, 2019 

The Farquhar at UVic

7 pm (doors open 6:30pm)

$39.50 ($23.50 student/under 13 Free) price includes GST & handling fees

Tickets will be available in mid-February through the UVic Ticket Centre, (250) 721-8480.

Written by Johann Sebastian Bach around 1727, this sacred oratorio for soloists, double choir and double orchestra is widely regarded as one of the greatest music works ever created. Bach’s setting of the Easter Story, adapted by Picander from the Gospel of St. Matthew the Evangelist, is filled with emotional arias, sacred chorales and dramatic double choruses, and shows the composer’s musical word-painting skills at their finest.

For this performance VPC welcomes soloists Ellen McAteer, Sarah Fryer, Josh Lovell, Benjamin Butterfield, Nathaniel Watson and Kyron Basu to perform with our choir and guest orchestra.

Dedications for a loved one may be up to 15 words, and must be submitted by Wednesday, April 10 to be included in the program for a tax-deductible donation of $50 or more to the Victoria Philharmonic Choir. Donate through

Peter Butterfield conducts the Civic Orchestra of Victoria and the Victoria Philharmonic Choir in the singalong Handel's Messiah. Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY, TIMES COLONIST

This performance is possible thanks to our generous donors and sponsors;
the NRS Foundation through the Victoria Foundation, Thrifty Foods, the CRD Arts Development Service and the Hamber Foundation.


500 Years of English Church Music

Saturday, June 8, 2019 

Christ Church Cathedral

8 pm (doors open 7:30pm, festival seating)

$30 ($20 student)

With special guest organist Donald Hunt.


Our next SummerVoices adult choral workshop will take place July 2 - 6, 2019 at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Oak Bay.

For information and to register, please check back in March.


Comments from VPC’s November 2018 performance of Rutter Requiem and the Lauridsen Lux Aeterna:

What a wonderful concert! I will become a regular at your choir’s performances.
— Audience Member
The Requiem was lovely, and haunting, but my favourites were the last two movements of Lux Aeterna when the voices of the singers were let loose and the joy they shared was palpable. A wonderful experience!
— Audience Member
Thank you for the wonderful treat! You performed difficult music with considerable
panache and great feeling.
— Audience Member
It was a wonderful concert to perform. When we feel prepared to the point that we can look up from the book and really ‘be’ with Peter in the music, and follow him wherever he decides to go, it’s the best feeling in the world. Requiems are often a bit personal, since many of us are remembering someone we lost. The orchestra was wonderful, from harp to horns and this concert was downright magical in places, with many audience members listening with closed eyes, seemingly quite transfixed!
— Choir Manager and Alto Chorister Sherry Lepage