When I first heard a number of years ago that Sooke had a Philharmonic Orchestra I had to suppress a chuckle.
I have always been fond of Sooke, fished here for 30 years and lived here for 7 but I had a mental picture of salmon roasting on an open fire and log rolling competitions. A Classical Orchestra did not feature prominently. The first concert we attended changed all that. We have rarely missed since.
The other night at the Alix Goolden Hall it was clear that the Orchestra has become much more than a Community Orchestra, it is now renowned throughout the Greater Victoria region. It was interesting to observe the reaction of the audience at the end of the performance, at first hearty applause then, more slowly, as they realised what they had just witnessed, a standing ovation.