All Concerts are held at St Andrew's United Church,  311 Fitzwilliam St, Nanaimo,  V9R 3A6    

Sing-Along Messiah, Sunday 11 December, 2:30 pm 

Spring Concert, Saturday April 29,  7:30 pm: To Canada with Love

Fall Concert, Sunday 20 November, 2:30 pm: Reflections, Songs of Remembrance and Joy 


Reflections Fall 2016 Concert

"There is music in the midst of desolation." So begins Eleanor Daley’s For the Fallen, the opening work in this concert that reflects two extremes of our lives - loss and joy. We weep with Carissimi’s Jephthah over the fate of his daughter, we are overwhelmed with the powerful beauty of the aurora borealis in Gjeilo’s Northern Lights. The Magnificat  (C. T. Pachelbel) dances to celebrate new life while Gardner's Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day encourages us to laugh with the joy of welcoming our love.  These and other works are sung by Malaspina Choir with accompaniment from our celebrated accompanist Sharon Wishart, the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra, Karl Rainer and Leslie Krull (violin), Frederick Besozzi  (cello) and NDSS student Hanxi MacIlquham on trumpet.  

This is the opening concert of Malaspina Choir’s 46th season of bringing the best of classical and contemporary choral masterworks to Nanaimo audiences. Malaspina Choir thrives on being part of a cultural tradition, learning and being challenged. Our versatility, professionalism, and pride in performance make every concert an event to experience. 

  Title Composer Orchestration/soloist(s)
Malaspina Choir
1 For the Fallen Eleanor Daley (1955-) Hanxi MacIlquham (trumpet)
2 Plorate filii Israel (from Jephthah) Giacomo Carissimi(1604-74)  
3 The Green Fields of France
 Eric Bogle
David Brown (tenor)
4 Benedictus (from 'The Armed Man’- Mass for Peace) 1999 Karl Jenkins (Wales) (1944-) Frederic Besozzi (cello)
5 Mass in G Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra: Karl Rainer, Music Director
Elise Boulanger (soprano)
David Brown (tenor)
John Zeweniuk (baritone)
Intermission (20 minutes)
Chamber Choir
6 Northern Lights Ola Gjeilo (Norway) (1978-) a cappella
7 As I Walked In Bethlehem (1947) W.H. Anderson (1882-1955) a cappella
Malaspina Choir
8 The Snow Sir Edward Elgar(1857-1934) Karl Rainer (violin)
Leslie Krull (violin)
Sharon Wishart (piano)
9 Tomorrow shall be my dancing day John Gardner (1917-2011)  

Ave Maria

Giulio Caccini ( 1551- 1618) arr. Larry Nickel
11 Magnificat Charles Theodore Pachelbel (1690- 1750) Carol Oosthuizen (soprano)
Susan Warner (soprano)
Carol Fetherston (alto)

Tickets are available from the Port Theatre Box Office , 250-754-8550.

Adult – $20, Under 25 (Youth) – $10, under 12 free.

High school students can purchase eyeGO tickets at the Port Theatre for $5.

Also available from members and at the door.


messiah 2016

Sing-along Messiahs are a tradition in many communities and Nanaimo is no exception. Our seventh annual performance is your opportunity to be a chorister with the Malaspina Choir as we sing Handel's transcendent Messiah under the direction of Lionel Tanod. The Cowichan Consort provides the accompaniment along with trumpeter Stevan Paranosic and Sharon Wishart on continuo. Our soloists are Andrea Rodall, soprano; Julia Morgan, alto; David Brown, tenor; and Michael MacKinnon, bass. Exalt the glory of the Lord, tell good tidings to Zion, behold the Lamb of God, sing Hallelujah. And if you’re not a singer? Well, you will enjoy being surrounded by this incomparable music and hear the trumpet sound. We continue our tradition of sharing proceeds from the concert with a local Nanaimo charity, this year it will be the Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre for their children's programs. 

See List of Works

With The Cowichan Consort  orchestra, Robert Van Mari, Conductor

Logo-Tillicum Lelum
Partial proceeds from this performance benefit the Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre’s children’s programs


AndreaRodall - soprano Andrea Rodall

Andrea Rodall received her BMus with distinction in vocal performance from the University of Calgary in 2003, and she is currently in her first year of graduate school at the University of Victoria, studying vocal performance with Anne Grimm. She has sung the soprano solos in several works, including Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah with Parksville and District Community choir, and in Malaspina Choir's Sing-along Messiah. Andrea has also enjoyed playing Maria in The Sound of Music, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Adele in The Champagne Ball (Die Fledermaus), and Flora in La Traviata. She has sung in the chorus with Pacifice Opera Victoria and Vancouver Island Opera, and has presented several recitals since moving to the island, in Parksville, Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Duncan, with the wonderful Sharon Wishart at the piano. Andrea is so pleased to join the Malaspina Choir for another season in the Sing-along Messiah.


Julia Morgan - Conralto J ulia Morgan

Mezzo-soprano Julia Morgan has a burgeoning career in opera and recital. While her petite frame can deceive the eye, she has a large caramel-like voice which exudes the many colours and emotions necessary for operatic roles, oratorio, and art song. A few of her favorite core operatic roles are Dido, Carmen, Hansel, and Cherubino. Some of her local Premiere’s were Florrie in Tobin Stokes’ opera Rattenbury, Lilah in Leslie Uyeda’s opera When the Sun Comes Out, and short operatic works with Essential Opera. Ms.Morgan’s true passion lies in performing recital repertoire. She has studied with some of the world’s most respected song interpreters from Vancouver,  England, Austria, and Italy. Much of her recital work has centered on German Lieder. Ms.Morgan signed with MSR Classics in 2012 and released a CD of German Lieder with them that  year. Ms.Morgan revels at the opportunity to sing with an orchestra and looks forward to joining the Malaspina Choir for this year's Sing-Along Messiah.


David Brown - tenor David Brown

David Brown began his musical career in England at the age of seven, and for many years sang with the choir of St Matthews Church, Northampton, a well-known choral church in England. Benjamin Britten, William Matthias and others composed pieces for this church. He was fortunate during this time to be able to sing at the Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and Kings College, Cambridge. He has sung in choirs across Canada during his career as a metallurgist, including choirs in Burlington, Ont., Prince George, Vancouver and White Rock. More recently he has retired to the Yellow Point area of Vancouver Island and has been active in the Malaspina Choir as well as being a founding member of the Island Consort. He also does regular solo work for choirs in the region, including with the Victoria Civic Orchestra, the Mid-Island Choir in Parksville and the North Island Choir in Courtenay, and played the part of Pish Tush in the Mikado at the Port Theatre. David continues to enjoy singing with the Malaspina choir and any Oratorio solo work in choirs from Victoria to Courtney. He has recently mastered the Ukulele for blues and folk music.


Michael McKinnon -base Michael McKinnon

A year after his first voice lesson in 2005, Michael MacKinnon began studying for a degree in music, combining studying with regular professional work in the Vancouver Opera Chorus. In 2009 he was on the road full-time with the Vancouver Opera-In-Schools Tour in the world premiere of Veda Hille’s Jack Pine. Around this time, he sang principal roles (such as Leporello in Don Giovanni and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte -for Burnaby Lyric Opera, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale - for Fear No Opera, Victoria, and Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust -for Vancouver Island Opera). He was a two-time Western Canada division winner at the Met National Council Auditions. In 2012, after receiving his BMus in Voice Performance, he studied further with Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West, in Santa Barbara, CA. In 2013 he made his European debut for The Opera Factory, Freiburg. Throughout 2014, he sang several more contracts in Germany and Switzerland, including Dottore Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore -for Landestheater Detmold, and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni - for Ticino Musica Festival, Lugano/Locarno. Summer 2015 saw him touring southern Sweden and Denmark with the company Operafabriken, singing the role of Alvise in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda. He then sang for the Edinburgh International Festival’s educational outreach tour of The Magic Flute. Christmas that year brought him back to BC and to singing with Opera Nanaimo, as King Balthazar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. In fall 2016, he joined City Opera Vancouver, in various bass-baritone roles, for their premiere production, The Lost Operas of Mozart.



Tickets are available from the  Port Theatre Box Office , 250-754-8550.

Adult – $20, Under 25 (Youth) – $10, under 12 free.

High school students can purchase  eyeGO  tickets at the Port Theatre for $5.

Also available from members and at the door.