The Twin Rivers Community Choir. Photo: submitted

The Twin Rivers Community Choir. Photo: submitted

Twin Rivers Community Choir celebrates 10th anniversary

Castlegar’s community choir now has a YouTube channel

Submitted by Twin Rivers Community Choir

The Twin Rivers Community Choir has faced the challenges of this season with grace and aplomb. Despite strict measures that make group singing impossible, the choir continues to make beautiful music in a virtual setting.

The fall 2020 season saw members join from all over Canada and even one from Europe. Singing with the choir does not involve an audition or a requirement to read music. The only requirement is a love of singing, an appetite for fun and some access to technology to join the online rehearsals and prepare recordings.

The proof of the choir’s success can be seen and heard on its YouTube channel, which now houses five virtual choir videos including the recently published parody Tiny Bubbles. This charming spoof promotes Dr. Bonnie Henry’s recent order: “Staying Small Saves Lives,” and has been published as a public service announcement at the request of the Regional District of Central Kootenay Area I director Andy Davidoff.

Working in a virtual platform is costly and the choir would not have been able to make this switch had it not been for the financial support of Columbia Basin Trust, the Regional District of Central Kootenay Areas I and J, and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Area B.

“Most importantly, the choir wishes to thank our amazing community for their enthusiastic support during the last 10 years,” said choir spokesman Peter Oostlander. “It is the community that makes it all possible.”

More information about the choir and its 2021 season and how to join can be found at twinriverschoir.com. Christmas CD’s are for sale on the website and can make excellent gifts for family and friends to enjoy all year long.

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