It is with great sadness, many tears, and a heavy heart that we share the news that our leader, friend and founder has passed away. John had had some recent health difficulties, but passed away peacefully last night at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.
We will always remember his smile, the twinkle in his eyes, his high standards, his passion for music, his great stories, and his fondness for every musician that passed through our program. The picture attached was taken as John was conducting the Senior orchestra during a performance at St. Mary’s Historic Church, Indian River, PE in 2013.
There will be a wake at the Belvedere Funeral Home tomorrow, Saturday, April 15th from 2-5pm and a memorial service on Monday, April 17th at 11am at Park Royal United Church.
All Singing Strings alumni and any musical friend who wishes may join us in playing Ashokan Farewell at the closing of the memorial service on Monday. We will have spare copies of music there if you wish to join this musical tribute.
Rest in peace, our dear friend and mentor. We will miss you greatly!
FRIDAY, March 17th , 4:30- 6:30pm
Park Royal United Church GYM, 11 Christie Drive, Charlottetown
Please join The Singing Strings in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Music and a Supper of Irish stew , Corn Chowder, Irish Soda Bread, Delicious Desserts and wonderful music by the Singing Strings and Friends.
Hear your favourite Irish fiddle tunes performed by Allison Ling Giggey and Courtney Hogan-Chandler. Singer Gregory Ellard will perform Irish Songs. Our host for the evening will be Hank Stinson and the chef will be Tyler Gallant .
There will be both Gluten Free and Regular food options available.
Tickets are available at the Park Royal United Church Office and from members of the Singing Strings : Adults $12; Seniors and Students $10; Children under 12, $8. Proceeds will be used to help with expenses for our upcoming exchange trip with the Saint John Senior String Orchestra as well as supporting the local food bank .
Please make plans to join us!
We are very excited to have our inaugural concerto competition this coming Saturday, February 4th at Park Royal United Church. Here is the schedule:
2:15pm: Keili Johnston – Rieding B Minor 1st movement
2:20pm: Mainu Lawt – Seitz #5 in D Major, 1st movement
2:30pm Ria Johnston – Rieding A Minor – 1st movement
2:40pm Cathy Zhang – Seitz #5 in D Major, 1st movement
2:45pm Michelle & Evelyn – Bach Double 2nd movement
2:55pm Anthony Ye – Bach A Minor 1st movement
3:05pm Max Du – Vivaldi A Minor, 1st movement
3:15pm Maria MacDonnell – Seitz G Minor, 1st movement
3:25pm Vincent Hung – Bach A Minor, 3rd movement
The competition will be open to the public to come and listen.
We would like to thank the teachers for getting their students prepared, and thank the accompanists for their support of our students.
Good luck to all!
Hi everyone – due to the icy conditions we have decided to cancel all levels of Singing Strings today, Wednesday, January 25th.
Use the time today to practice your parts! Stay home and stay warm… see you February 1st!
Natalie, Jen & Sue
Christina Bouey, former Singing Strings member and student of John and Jen Clement, is coming to PEI with her new award winning string quartet!
Please come and support Christina and her quartet on Saturday at UPEI. Tickets may be held to be paid at the door by emailing email@example.com or phoning 902 566-0507. Please note that this is not a regular box office and tickets cannot be reserved by email or phone after 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
Tickets can also be purchased online thru Brown Paper Tickets.
We are very excited to be having our very first concerto competition this term! The application deadline had been posted as January 4th, but due to the weather yesterday as well as other concerns, we have extended the application deadline to January 11th.
Are you working on a concerto by Bach, Corelli, Vivaldi or any other composers who wrote for a solo instrument accompanied by strings? Imagine playing a movement of your concerto in a concert, with the Senior Singing Strings as your accompanying orchestra!
An accomplished panel of judges (TBA) will be listening to all the entries and picking our performers on February 4th.
Attached are PDF and Word versions of both the application form and the Concerto Competition information form.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All levels of Singing Strings are cancelled today due to the weather. Stay home, stay safe and enjoy the snow. See you all next week!