Campuses Unite in Song

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by Darin Steinkey

I love shooting pictures at Christ Church. Although it’s dark, the light is usually fairly even and the performers are set against a dramatic backdrop that makes it easy to get nice angles and framing. From the opening note of the national anthem to the closing tones of “Skyfall”, the half dozen choirs and concert singers offered an entertaining night for parents and friends. A spry 90-minute affair that made excellent use of the space at the Anglican Cathedral, the Cross Campus Choral Concert organizers had a few tricks up their sleeve that were well-received.

The Senior choir set the tone, opening with “O Canada” from the wings and the music continued, even during the choir changes. Highlights included some very cute performances from the Junior school kids, who are just learning to form vowels and consonants properly (not an easy task, I am told). The Grade 7 choir sang of the watchful raisin and the Grade 8 students offered a rendition of a recent Coldplay tune. Excellent solos and the title track from Skyfall with drums, piano, bass and guitar closed the show on a high note.

Congratulations to Peter Butterfield, Duncan Frater, accompanists John Reid and Kali Salmas and all the choirs. Also, a huge thank you to the many teachers and staff that helped corral kids and keep them focused and calm during the performances. No concert goes smoothly without the help of Doug Park and his crew and the transportation department for busing the many boarders back and forth, so a big thanks to them as well.

For almost 150 more pictures, you can take a look at the SMUS photo gallery. The video recording is available below (parts 1 and 2):

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