The award-winning Surrey Children’s Choir was founded in September 1992 by director Stephen Horning and 35 choristers.
Singers, aged six to 70, are grouped into the Junior and Intermediate Training Choirs, the Surrey Children’s Choir, the Surrey Chamber Choir, the Surrey Youth Chorus and the Surrey Community Chorus adult choir.
In 2002 the Surrey Chamber Choir was created, bringing the SCC family to a total of six levels.
The Surrey Children’s Choir is a consistent gold medal winner at local festivals. Gerald Van Wyck, Vancouver Community College, adjudicator: “You are one of the best children’s choirs in Canada.”
These exuberant young voices are heard often at civic and community events and have appeared live on CBC Radio. The Chamber Choir received Gold Standing at Musicfest Canada in 2005.
Adjudicator Malcolm Edwards of the University of Alberta had this to say: “Your choir resides at the highest level, level five, which is artistry. This is the level trod by the musical saints and I thank you for being the choir to end my time here at Musicfest.”
In May 2006 and again in 2008 they won second prize in the CBC National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs. In July of 2008 and again in 2010 the Chamber Choir attended the International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River, British Columbia and received first prize (Equal Voices) and second prize (Chamber Choir) in competitions which included choirs from several different countries and continents.
In summer 2009 the Surrey Children’s Choir competed in the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales and placed fourth at this world competition. In August 2009 the Surrey Chamber Choir placed first in the National Music Festival in Saskatoon. The Choir is celebrating its 20th season this year.
The Surrey Children’s Choir and Youth Chorus will join Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Comox United Church. Admittance is by donation.
— Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble