Archive For: Concert Series

Sweet Scarlet Winter Songs

Sunday, December 17, 2017 2:00 PM


Those in the know about choral music have been raving about Sweet Scarlet since their award-winning appearance at Kathaumixw in 2016. This Vancouver-based, self-directed a cappella vocal ensemble is comprised of six wonderfully talented women who sing a wide range of music in a style they call choral fusion. Don’t miss their concert Winter Songs with Sweet Scarlet–a perfect start to the Christmas season. Click here to buy your tickets!


Music Society Celebrates 30 Years

Three decades of hard work and hundreds of concerts gave the Pender Harbour Music Society reason to celebrate in grand fashion on November 12. The party was scheduled to coincide with a much anticipated concert by cellist Paul Marleyn and pianist Mauro Bertoli whose superb artistry transported the audience from blustery Madeira Park to the sun dappled boulevards of Paris. The special day reunited many whose dedication over 30 years laid the foundation for today’s thriving Music Society and its impressive performance space in the School of Music.


Worth the wait!

October 22, 2017

Sometimes, the wait is worth it. For several years past, the PH Music Society had wanted to book The Fretless, but their schedule and ours did not mesh until now.

Today, the Music School was packed with a very keen audience who came ready for the best of Celtic fusion – that’s a little of the old and a little of the new – packaged in a concert that was the best of both. Four classically trained string musicians playing three violins, a cello and a comically underappreciated viola, managed to meld Scottish and Irish fiddle music with delightful modern compositions to create a musical experience that was unique and very Canadian.

Yes, the Fretless were definitely worth the wait and we hope they find their way back to Pender Harbour very soon.



Above: Young audience member, Greta, singled out by the band as giving the “best performance during an audience sing-along by someone under the age of 15″, for which she won a free CD.


The Fretless

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 2pm

If you love fiddle music, this is your concert! This unique, Juno award-winning (2017) band of classically trained string musicians has also been recognized with multiple awards from the Western Canadian and Canadian Folk Music associations.




Jazz Around The Harbour (September 15-17 Weekend)

In addition to the Music Society’s events:

Scott Robertson’s Swing Patrol

Friday 12:45-2:30 pm
Jazz Clinic for Students at the Pender Harbour Community Hall


Jen Hodge All Stars

Saturday 7:00 pm
Jazz Concert at the Pender Harbour School of Music


John Henry’s Resort and Marina in Garden Bay ( will be hosting a group called

Rock The Dock

at the following times:

Friday, September 15 – 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, to go with Friday Night Prime Rib Beef Dinner

Saturday, September 16 – Music on the lawn in front of John Henry’s from Noon to 4 pm, September 17 –10:30 am to 12:30 pm for an extended brunch & lunch music event



Watch for Jazz in September

In keeping with a long tradition of September jazz in the Harbour, the opening concert in the 2017/2018 series will feature the fabulous Jen Hodge All-Stars on Saturday September 16 at 7 PM.

Don’t miss it!




Singing it True

On Saturday evening, May 27th, Victoria’s Clover Point Drifters returned to the School of Music to deliver their special brand of bluegrass music. Despite the fact that many songs were about heartache and hardship – always the warp and woof of bluegrass – the mood in the room was not sombre, it was joyous. The band clearly had a good time and their audience was with them every step of the way – toe tapping and chair dancing! What a great finale to the 2016/2017 concert series!




Get a JUMP on Classical Music

Three classically trained musicians who bill themselves as a BeatBoxing string trio – say what?

John Littlejohn, violin; Anthony Cheung, viola and Alex Cheung, cello take chamber music to unexpected places with glorious results. Their exciting mix of classical repertoire melded with hip hop and jazz puts them in an entirely new and welcome musical category that rings true for audiences of all ages.

Infinitus is on a mission to make connections among many genres of music and with audiences of all ages. Their innovative style, which intertwines chamber music with hip hop and jazz, recently earned them an invitation to participate in Lincoln Centre Education’s “Meet the Artist” school series in NYC. Three classically trained artists who bill themselves as a Beat Boxing string trio, Infinitus will welcome you to a delightful new musical experience.

“It’s amazing the musical connections these three award-winning musicians can cook up….” – Vancouver Sun


Sunday May 7 at 2:00pm

Pender Harbour School of Music
Tickets: $25 – Click here to buy online. Tickets also available at Harbour Insurance, Madeira Park or the Sechelt Visitor Centre.



Easter Sunday Concert

Easter Sunday at the School of Music was delightfully festive thanks to the warm smiles and impressive talents of Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann. It takes both trust and bravery to approach the challenging repertoire for piano four hands. For most aspiring pianists, having just one pair on hands on the keyboard is intimidating enough, but placing the physical presence and artistic expression of another musician in that small space significantly raises the level of difficulty. Their program was well chosen for spring – powerful Rachmaninoff combined with a more pensive Schubert, rollicking Spanish dances and Argentine tango and, finally, Bach to bring our thoughts back to Easter.