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Cantiamo’s Trip to Festival 500 in Newfoundland

On July 3rd, 2013 the Cantiamo Girls Choir heads out to Newfoundland to participate in the Festival 500 Choral event.  Eight years ago Cantiamo attended the Festival and so we are very excited to return to this special Festival as part of our 10th Anniversary celebrations.

Festival 500 “Sharing the Voices” is a non-competitive, international festival for invited choirs. This year there are choirs from Ireland, South Africa, Greece, Tanzania, United States and from many provinces across Canada. This one-week event gives choirs the opportunity to perform and participate in various concerts, workshops, clinics and master classes delivered by amazing talent around the world. Guest artists this year come from Belgium, United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Finland and Canada!

Our choir of 29 girls (including 2 Cantiamo Alumni) will fly from Ottawa to Halifax and then journey on to St. John’s in time for the opening ceremonies.  They will be accompanied by Cantiamo’s artistic leaders, Jackie and Laura Hawley along with 5 parent chaperones.  The choristers will stay for the week in a Memorial University residence and will be shuttled to and from activities by the event organizers.

Midway through the festival we will have half a day to venture out beyond St. John’s.  We will travel down to Bay Bulls to go whale and bird watching in the famous Witless Bay Nature reserve.  Our tour guide is known to have local music playing on the boat so you can just imagine the girls raising their voices in song and dancing the jig on their way out to see the whales and the puffins.

Our week will end with the Grand Finale – Vocal Fireworks. There will be 1,000 or more singers accompanied by a full symphony orchestra singing together in harmony.  This will be something that our Cantiamo girls will remember for the rest of their lives!

Thanks to our chaperones, LaVonne Venables, Jane Pickett, Michelle Soldaat and Mike Holmes, for agreeing to take care of the girls during the week of travel. There will be a parents meeting for the trip in June, so stay tuned for more details.

– Kate Batty, Anniversary Coordinator

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