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March 9, 2018 Coffee House

Lineup for Friday, March 9, 2018:


Favourite Men’s vocal group presenting a double set of oldies and fun

Tenor, Bulgarian folk songs

Local singer – folk, pop/rock


Doors open 7:00pm
Music at 7:30pm

Coffee and sweets on sale
$10 suggested Donation at door
For Info Call: 883-9749

If you would like to perform (or volunteer), please call 883-9749.


Katrina Bishop

Those who attended the Katrina Bishop concert on Sunday were painted a vivid picture of what it is like to be a singer/songwriter. Before each piece, Katrina chatted about how she was inspired to write it. And the songs were varied, everything from “Idiot Driver” and “Just Another Song about Rain” to her very own protest song. And she spoke of the challenges of writing songs, like saying “fresh Swiss chard” very fast 5 times in a row and finding an acceptable rhyme for “good luck”. Katrina is blessed with a clear strong voice and she accompanied herself not only on the piano, but also on 12-string guitar, ukulele, and “strum stick”. She played many songs from her new CD which was released about two weeks ago, including “Hopscotch” a song about her best friend in childhood. Audience members who came from all over the Coast left with smiles on their faces and songs in the hearts.



Chamber Music Festival Midwinter Weekend

Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival Midwinter Weekend

Those who worry about the future of chamber music may be well reassured of its vitality as evidenced by two wonderful concerts offered during the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival’s 2018 Mid-Winter Weekend. Through their superb artistry and warm personalities, Terence Tam, violin; Yariv Aloni, viola; Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, cello and Lorraine Min, piano, – two married couples and long-time friends – underscored the lasting power of this elegant musical form while evoking the intimate drawing room atmosphere familiar to Mozart and friends.

The beautifully rounded program allowed each instrument to glow and provided ample opportunity for these sublimely gifted musicians to connect with their audience. Highlights included Brahms’ Piano Quartet in C Minor and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E flat Major, both well-loved foundation pieces in the chamber repertoire. Unexpected delights came in the form of a little-known fragment of a piano quartet composed by a teenage Mahler and two pieces by a young Sibelius.

Don’t miss the 14th annual Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival August 17 – 19, 2018 – details coming soon!


Terence Tam, violin
Yariv Aloni, viola
Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, cello
Lorraine Min, piano


Jazz Festival

The Pender Harbour Music Society regrets to announce that it will not present its annual September Jazz Festival for the foreseeable future. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find the right team to run the Festival, which has been a great celebration in Pender Harbour for two decades. The Festival was started in 1997 and heartfelt thanks go to the hard-working and visionary past artistic directors and the many volunteers who have produced such wonderful events over the years.

The Society promises to keep Jazz alive in Pender Harbour by continuing to bring great jazz musicians to the Coast as part of our ongoing annual concert series. This will include starting the series one month earlier each year with a jazz concert in September.

We also thank all the community members and businesses that have supported us over the years and continue to do so, in seeking to fulfill our mandate to nurture, promote and enhance music in general in our community.



Sweet Scarlet Winter Songs

A nearly sell-out audience was treated to an incredible performance at the Music School on Sunday afternoon when Sweet Scarlet stole our hearts away with their innovative vocal harmonies and arrangements of all our favourite Christmas and seasonal songs. This 6-woman A Cappella group from Vancouver gave us everything from traditional Christmas carols to an arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah (which left not a dry eye in the crowd), an audience sing-along of Rudolph that brought the house down, and an Auld Lang Syne that won all our hearts. It was a great way to usher in the season!



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.


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.