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Castlegar choir to release music videos

The Twin Rivers Community Choir will be singing once again.
The Twin Rivers Community Choir held an outdoor rehearsal last week at Cone Hill Park. Photo: Marnie Pettit

Castlegar’s Twin Rivers Community Choir has come up with a plan to bring local choir music back to the community.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the group has not been able practice in person. But that hasn’t stopped them from keeping music alive.

“We were heartbroken that we had to cancel our spring show and we have gotten creative to keep making music together – but apart,” said choir director Christina Nolan.

The choir has been gearing up to create some YouTube videos by practicing individually at home.

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On Aug. 11, they met together for the first time at Cone Hill Park for an open-air rehearsal. All the choir members spread out, making sure they kept appropriate social distance measures in place and lifted their voices in song.

“The choir is an integral part of the cultural fabric of our town and we are determined to see our way through the current pandemic health crisis in a way that continues to allow us to make music together,” said Nolan.

RDCK Areas I and J have provided funds to get the choir’s video project off the ground.

The first video featuring Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time” should be released by the middle of September.

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Betsy Kline

About the Author: Betsy Kline

After spending several years as a freelance writer for the Castlegar News, Betsy joined the editorial staff as a reporter in March of 2015. In 2020, she moved into the editor's position.
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