The Lady Cove Women’s Choir performs a piece during the first part of the opening gala for Festival 500 in October 2007. — File photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
Lady Cove will celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend with a walk down memory lane and the launch of a new CD.
The members of the renowned local women’s choir will hold an event at St. Mary’s Anglican Church Hall Saturday evening at 7:30, performing some of their most beloved tunes from the past decade, inaugurating their newest venture, the Edge Island Festival for Composers and Choirs, and officially releasing their second album, “Heart’s Delight.”
Named after the Trinity Bay community, Lady Cove was founded in 2003 and has seen a lot of success when it comes to awards, including being named the winner in the women’s choir category at the 2008 Béla Bartók New Music Competition in Hungary, where it was the only Canadian choir to take part.
In 2011, Lady Cove was the only Canadian adult choir (and only one of 25 choirs overall worldwide) invited to participate in the ninth World Symposium on Choral Music in Argentina. The ladies have also won in their category in the European Grand Prix, which is a top choral competition.
Lady Cove’s first, self-titled CD, released in 2006, was nominated for a MusicNL award.
Together, under the direction of artistic director Kellie Walsh, the 50 women in Lady Cove — who range in age from 17 to 56 — have a wide-ranging repertoire, which ranges from traditional music to hymns to songs by Lady Gaga.
“One of the big things I’ve learned over the past 10 years is you always have to offer a variety of music, not only for the audience, but for the choir members,” Walsh told The Telegram late last year.
“I spend a lot of time on websites and YouTube, looking at what different choirs are going and then just finding a good balance of repertoire that will really challenge the choir or offer something satisfying to them that will also be really enjoyable for the audience.”
Saturday evening’s concert will feature door prizes and silent, live and dessert auctions. Guests can bring their own drinks, and a light snack will be provided. Tickets are $30 for the event alone or $40 for the event and a copy of the new CD, and they’re available at the Holy Heart Theatre box office, by calling 579-4424, or online at www.holyhearttheatre.com. They will also be available at the door, pending availability.
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