Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Abbotsford violin ensemble accompanies boys choir in Ottawa

Released by Rosemary Phillips, BCBC/Photo Youtube screenshot


BC Boys Choir (blue blazers) and the Abbotsford Virtuoso Violin Ensemble play in Ottawa on Canada Day.


t was a dream come true – a moment to remember – as the British Columbia Boys Choir, flanked by the Abbotsford Virtuosi violin ensemble, sang ‘O Canada’ for the Nation on Parliament Hill for Canada Day 2014.


Dressed in their blue-blazer uniform with red tie, they were arranged in a V on the slopes of the stage while images of the Canadian flag rose behind them. In front of them stood Prime-Minister Steven Harper, Governor General David Johnston, their families, and dignitaries, and thousands of spectators celebrating this country’s birthday.


Conductor Tony Araujo, past recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence and of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, led the choir and ensemble in a harmonious, rousing, full-hearted version of “God Save Our Queen” followed by our National Anthem in a performance that will long be remembered not only by the performers but by many on this side of the country - in British Columbia.


While the Choir has toured and represented Canada internationally for 45 years, this is the first time they have represented their country in Ottawa, the Nation’s Capital, for the event that is celebrated by  Canadians from coast to coast – Canada Day. 


Parliament Hill is just one of the stops for the Choir on their month-long cross-Canada journey with the Abbotsford Virtuosi and their show O CANADA OUR HOME - Songs & Stories of Canada. Stops include Montreal, Ottawa, Gros Morne National Park, Cornerbrook, Sydney Mines, Lunenburg, Charlottetown, Saint John, Toronto, Stratford, Huntsville, Wawa, Neepawa, Saskatoon and Banff before venturing back home through the Rockies.


Says Executive Director, Margot Holmes, “This was a dream come true. I grew up in Ottawa - and there is no place like Parliament Hill on Canada Day!”


Watch a montage of highlights from Ottawa on YouTube here.


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