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Langford church hosts junior choir workshop as part performing arts festival

8 junior choirs will be presenting 2 to 3 pieces each
The Greater Victoria Performing Art Festival has been going for 90 years and is the first time the choral workshop has been hosted in Langford. MetroCreative photo.

Langford will host eight junior choirs as part of the Greater Victoria Performing Art Festival on April 17 at Gordon United Church.

“Each choir comes in and presents two or three pieces depending on how long they have,” said Kristina Stevens, choral section head for the Greater Victoria Performing Art Festival.

According to Stevens, the younger kids have 20 minutes, and the older kids have 30 to 40 minutes.

Sarona Mynhardt, the artistic director of Inspiroto Voice on the Sunshine Coast, will adjudicate the different choirs.

“It always has to be somebody who doesn’t have a vested interest in any of the competitors,” said Stevens.

Ruth King Elementary School, Willway Elementary School, and Belmont High School will be present, alongside Claremont High School, St Andrews, Langley Fine Arts School, Shoreline Middle School and the Mount Doug choir.

The event will start at 9 a.m., with the Ruth King Concert Choir and Willway Elementary Choir performing first.

The Greater Victoria Performing Art Festival has 22 sections to watch, including musical theatre, ethnic dance, studio dance and many more.

“It’s quite a varied organization and it’s been going for decades,” said Stevens.

According to Stevens, the festival has been around for 90 years. It was a way to help kids improve their musical education and recognize those who practiced hard.

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