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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.


“Christmas Memories”

The Pender Harbour Choir invites you to enjoy “Christmas Memories”, a winter concert for the whole family. The community choir, now in it’s 45th year, will perform both familiar and new music to get you into the spirit of the season. The program will also include solo and duet performances, music by SASS, and a chance for the audience to join in the singing.Performances are 7pm, Friday, December 8th at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Gardens in Sechelt and 2pm, Sunday, December 10 at the School of Music in Madeira Park. Tickets are $20 (children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, are free) and will be available mid-November from Earth Fair in Madeira Park, The Sechelt Visitor Centre in Seaside Centre and from choir members. Sunday’s performance will be followed by a Christmas community gathering at the Community Hall in Madeira Park.



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.


Telus supports PHMS

Telus presented a cheque for $4,000 to the Pender Harbour Music Society on Sept. 16 at the School of Music in Madeira Park.

The donation will be used to support a variety of music programs and events in the area.


From left: Antje Unger, Telus Sunshine Coast Business Development Manager, Pender Harbour Music Society Board members Marg Penney (Vice Chair), Margaret Skelley (Secretary) and Joanne Mauro (Chair).


Jen Hodge’s Multi-Talented All Stars

The packed house audience at the Music School on Saturday night watched (and listened!) in amazement as the 7 musicians of Jen Hodge’s All Stars brought us a wide selection of jazz. In addition to Jen Hodge on bass, we had Brad Turner on trumpet, Joe Abbott (little Pender Harbour connection there!) on clarinet, Bonnie Northgraves on piano, Kelby MacNayr on drums, Sky Lambourne on trombone, and Jack Ray on banjo. All impressed with their vocal talents over the course of the evening.

They gave us everything from classics that Sidney Bechet either did or didn’t write to originals written by the Band members to an intricate arrangement of “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess that left the audience breathless. All took vocal solos and just for fun, the piano player and trumpet player switched places – and instruments – for the last two numbers!! The stage was hardly big enough for all that talent.






Learning all about Jazz

The Pender Harbour Community Hall was alive with Jazz on Friday afternoon as Scott Robertson’s Swing Patrol led students from Pender Harbour, Chatelech and Elphinstone Secondaries through a series of exercises designed to develop their skills and confidence as musicians. The students came with their instruments and after a brief intro number by Scott on drums, Ron Thompson on guitar, Brent Gubbels on bass, and Bonnie Northgraves on trumpet they explored blues progressions, swing, shuffle, and lots more. All the students had a chance to improvise and solo, though some took a bit of coaxing. They ended the afternoon with Tom Kellough from SD #46 leading his Jazz students in a couple of arrangements they had prepared, a way to say thank you to the musicians who had shared so much with them.




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