It was September 1984, and Phoenix started its second season with so much more than the year before – we had a conductor, a choir name, AND our first CBC Choral Competition win! Not to mention the fact that our conductor was just SO perfect for us. We felt very lucky, indeed.
Our season launched in late September with the annual Fall Retreat. Keep in mind that Magnum P. I. was a huge hit TV show at the time. Check out all the Tom Selleck wannabe mustaches! Bill Paul, Ron Smail, Cortland Hultberg? Wow. Just wow.
On October 5th, 1984, we received our Certificate of Incorporation and became an honest-to-goodness non-profit society. Just a few weeks later, on October 21, we performed our fall concert at Canadian Memorial, and Cortland’s dream of putting Machaut and Stravinsky masses on the same programme was finally realized. Ticket prices? A whopping $6 for adults, and $4 for student/seniors!
At Christmas, we hired the Sounding Brass (made up of well known Vancouver musicians Jim and Holly Littleford, Don Clark, Dave Robbins, and Sharman King) to join us. With this concert the Phoenix Christmas tradition truly began. Along with beautiful carols and audience sing-alongs, for the very first time we ended the evening with Miles Ramsay’s now iconic and always breathtaking arrangement of Silent Night. Glorious.
We sang a spring concert in April of 1985 at Canadian Memorial, and then a May concert at Shaughnessy Heights United. And, with that May concert, we found our new musical home! Jocelyn Pritchard, then musical director at Shaughnessy United, welcomed us to her church, and it remained our home for many, many years to come.
Stay tuned for the highlights of Season 3 - 1985/1986. We toured! Twice! to NANAIMO...
In 1984/1985 Phoenix was...
Sheryl De Coste
Barbara Del Maso
Janet Kidd (Hassell)
Rosemary Lister (Lindsay)
Deborah Mehes (Gibson)
Morna Edmundson (Russell)
Want to keep reading? Link here to Season 3, 1985/1986