Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir celebrates its 10th Christmas season with a special concert hosted by CBC’s Tom Allen. The first half will be a performance of Benjamin Britten’s iconic and magical work, A Ceremony of Carols, scored for three-part treble chorus and harp, featuring the boys of Capella Regalis and harpist Lori Gemmel. The second half of the concert comprises a festive collection of Maritime-Celtic carols curated and arranged by Nick and Paul Halley, and featuring pipes, fiddle, flute, banjoy, and pipe organ alongside the voices of the men and boys of the choir. Tom Allen will regale the audience with the story of the special connection between A Ceremony of Carols and Nova Scotia, as well as other insights, anecdotes, and stories about Britten, Christmas, and the featured musical works.
Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir was founded in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Director Nick Halley in 2010, and is modeled on the centuries-old European tradition of men and boys church choirs. It is a free music training programme for any boy who passes an audition. While Canada was once rich with such choirs, Capella Regalis is one of only a handful of men and boys choirs in Canada today. The choir sings Choral Evensong on Sundays throughout the year as part of the Cathedral Church of All Saints’ Sundays at Four music series, and performs concerts throughout Nova Scotia and beyond in a busy September – June season. The choir has released two CD’s (My Eyes for Beauty Pine, and Greater Love).
This Christmas the choir will release a new CD! Love Came Down: Carols for Christmas features 18 carols, ancient and modern, performed with organist Paul Halley and The Maritime Brass Quintet. This beautiful package makes a unique Nova Scotian Christmas gift, available for $20!