Concerto Competition background

contributed by Sonja DeWit of Sooke Phil High Notes

May 1st is the annual Don Chrysler Concerto Competition, always an exciting time for young musicians, the orchestra and our audiences alike. Of course, the winner will be our October/November concert soloist. We talked to Norman Nelson, SPO conductor, and Paula Kiffner, the teacher of last year’s winner, Rylan Gajek, for a little background. Continue reading


Deryk Barker’s Review of the Sonic Celebration Concert

A Sonic Celebration

Civic Orchestra of Victoria

Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra

Victoria Chamber Orchestra

Yariv Aloni, George Corwin, Norman Nelson: conductors

University Centre Auditorium
April 17, 2010

By Deryk Barker

“When you play music, when you are a musician, you have to realise that the great high of playing a wonderful piece with a full orchestra is temporary and so make the most of it at the time.” Continue reading

Message from the Maestro

Well – the feast is over and what a feast….  There was more than strength in numbers last Saturday night – there was considerable magic, not to mention sleight of fingers and tongues.

In the Chiefs’ dressing-room after the fray, we three were honestly amazed and not a little awed at what had taken place under our very noses, and that from non (or semi in very few instances) professional players – and those poor souls jammed tighter than in any self-respecting Tokyo subway car.    There was more glorious sound than we could have hoped for, but as well came copious amounts of the most memorable pianissimos which personally I would certainly have wagered against achieving – the hardest side to playing any instrument.

I do so hope that most of the people on stage left the building feeling as I did, which was immensely proud – no other word for it – of what we had all achieved together with the very minimum of rehearsal as a complete orchestra, so to speak.

All I can say to the Berlin Phil is eat your heart out. My enormous admiration to everyone, and very sincere thanks for an Enigma which I shall remember with fondness.

…….. Norman

Kudos to “Sonic” Orchestra and organizers

by email – Sunday April 19,2010

From Yariv Aloni, conductor of the Victoria Chamber Orchestra


Dear committee members and ‘sonic’ orchestra players.

I wanted to thank you all for last night.

Committee members; your incredible support, enthusiasm, willing to pull through, work hard and even take risks was the only reason this concert went so well. Continue reading