The first two performances of “Isbjørn!”

The first two performances of Isbjørn! happened on November 10th and 15th, 2013. Isbjørn! (the Norwegian word for “polar bear”) is the choral piece inspired by my trip with the Arctic Circle Expedition, an art and science residency in Svalbard, Norway, and commissioned by Via Choralis with financial assistance from the B.C. Arts Council. Five Victoria…

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Civic Orchestra of Victoria performs Pacific Overture March 9th.

The Civic Orchestra of Victoria, invited Nicholas Fairbank to guest-conduct their spring 2013 concert. On the programme was his Pacific Overture (2006), as well as Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei”, Beethoven’s 8th Symphony, and the great Saint-Saens “Organ Symphony.” The performance took place in the Alix Goolden Hall on Saturday, March 9th at 2pm. [revised 2.viii.14]

The Arctic Circle Expedition 2012

ARCTIC JOURNAL, September – October, 2012. The Arctic Circle www.thearcticcircle.org is an expeditionary residency programme bringing together artists, scientists and innovators from around the world. For 3 weeks, from September 28th to October 15th, aboard an ice-class expeditionary sailing vessel (a 3-masted barquentine) I travelled with 25 other artists of all disciplines, architects, scientists and…

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New Publications in 2010-2011

The SATB choral work “The Silver Penny” has been published by Cypress Publishing in Vancouver. The piano solo “Spider Dance” appears in Vol. 7 of the CNCM‘s Northern Lights Grade 7 Repertoire collection. “Jazz Study No. 1” is being published this spring in MayFair Music’s next Canadian Contemporary collection, Level 5. “Psalm 126” (SAB +…

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Sea Cantata Premier April 2011

In April 2011, Victoria’s Viva Youth Choirs and the Via Choralis chamber choir combined to perform Nicholas Fairbank’s Sea Cantata, a 30-minute work for mixed-voice adult choir, children’s choir and orchestra. This was the first time the two organizations have joined forces for the performance of a major work. Also on the programme was Beethoven’s Choral…

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