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Feb 19 – Brazilian Night: A Fundraising Party for Capella Regalis

Join us to celebrate the Carnival season before Lent and raise funds for Capella Regalis! Nick Halley (percussion), Paul Halley (piano), John Suiters (guitar), and other friends will be playing live samba and Brazilian jazz standards from the Rio and Bahia regions. $100 ticket includes $50 tax receipt, full dinner of catered Brazilian fare, one featured Brazilian cocktail, and live Brazilian music. (Dancing is encouraged!) Cash bar for additional beverages. This is a family-friendly event: $30 children’s ticket includes children’s menu. All proceeds benefit Capella Regalis Choirs. Visit capellaregalis.com for more details.

May 5 – Vancouver Chan Arts Centre: The Journeyed Compass with Dinuk Wijeratne and friends

Nick Halley will be joining on percussion the multi-award-winning musicians Layale Chaker, Kinan Azmeh, and Dinuk Wijeratne. These musicians will come together to create highly distinctive music that draws from a confluence of cultural influences. Chaker, a Lebanese violinist and composer, Azmeh, a Syrian clarinetist and composer, and Wijeratne, a Sri Lankan composer, conductor, and pianist, are each known for their inventive and genre-defying work. For this transporting concert, Middle Eastern and South Asian music mix for a soulful program inspired by the idea of what ‘home’ means to us all. Tickets & info.

Nick & Friends Benefit Concert for Capella Regalis – Dinuk Wijeratne Trio – October 27 & 28, 2022

Watch the promo video here!

Capella Regalis is delighted to announce the first of what will be an annual Fall fundraising event in which Founder & Artistic Director Nick Halley invites his dearest musician friends to perform an evening of music. The Dinuk Wijeratne Trio will play at Cecilia’s Retreat in Mahone Bay on Thursday, October 27, and The Music Room in Halifax on Friday, October 28, 2022. All proceeds go to support Capella Regalis’s free educational programs for children.

Dinuk Wijeratne is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian composer and pianist whose music embraces the diversity of his international background and influences. Joining him on stage will be Nick Halley himself as percussionist, and award-winning bassist Tom Easley, for a night that bends the boundaries of classical, jazz, and world music.

Visit www.capellaregalis.com/events for details on purchasing tickets.

October 2, 2022 at 4 pm : Missa Gaia/Earth Mass

Nick will be playing the drums and singing in the Earth Mass (Missa Gaia), presented by All Saints Cathedral in Halifax on the first Sunday in October. This service in celebration of the Earth, featuring the mass setting co-written by Paul Halley, will be sung by Capella Regalis and the Cathedral Choir, with soprano sax, oboe, cello, drums, percussion, bass, piano, guitar and the voices of humpback whales, orcas, timber wolves, baby seal pups and other creatures great and small. No tickets required, but please pre-register HERE. Visit capellaregalis.com/events for details.

November 6, 2022 at 4 pm – Musikalische Exequien by Heinrich Schütz (1636)

Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir (Nick Halley) will join the All Saints Cathedral Choir in a production of the Musikalische Exequien (Funeral Music) by Heinrich Schütz, composed in 1635-1636. Directed by Paul Halley, this masterwork will comprise the centrepiece of the “For All the Saints” concert program that afternoon with guest players and singers from the Canadian Early Music scene.

This performance takes place on the 350th anniversary – to the day – of Schütz’s death on November 6, 1672. It is one of a number of events taking place across Canada in November as part of SchützFest 350.

This will be a ticketed event; stay tuned at capellaregalis.com/events.

Sept. 9 – The Feral Four: A Night of Jazz at the Riverport Inn

On Friday, September 9th, the Riverport Inn will present “The Feral Four”: Glenn Patscha (piano), Nick Halley (percussion), Patrick Reid (bass), and Ian McGimpsey (guitar). Doors open at 7 PM, show starts at 8 PM.

These four jazz-steeped musicians have led four very different musical lives. Now they’re seeing what happens when their disparate experiences and distinct personalities are brought together in the old jazz quartet setting to explore the boundaries of their native tongue.

Tickets: $30, advanced tickets only (there is very limited seating!). Reserve tickets HERE.