The Singing Church!

Oct 6, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
Handel Opera Arias, Gospel & Jazz

Those who are fans of Jane Austen will be familar with the concept that when families and friend gathered at that period to 'party', they  engaged in music making. This is the concept of our Oct 6 Sunday afternoon recital/concert. The Singing House is pleased to present:

Part 1
Handel Opera Arias:
Handel Serse: Ombra mai fu
Handel Rinaldo: Lascia ch'io pianga
Handel Guilio Cesare: V'adoro pupille
Handel Ariodante: Vezzi lusinghe e brio, Scherza Infida

Part 2
Début of Darlene Ketchum's Soul Connections album, Jazz and a few surprises from Wilmer and friends!!

Refreshments after the concert.



Darlene Ketchum (Mezzo soprano)

Darlene is an experienced singer, pianist, song writer/arranger, teacher, choral director and the designer and director of the Institute of Music Ministry (IMM) at Pacific Life Bible College. She sings in the Marcus Mosely Chorale and performs at various events solo or accompanied by her husband, Kelvin. In addition, Darlene loves to encourage, inspire and mentor artists – she was one of 100 featured artists in the We Make Stuff book published in 2012 and is releasing her first solo soul, gospel,  R&B EP, Soul Connections this Fall.


Pauline Hale (Soprano)

Pauline is a singing geek. She started taking voice lessons 27 years ago from Linda Perillo and subsequently Eva Bostrand. Pauline attended and performed at the Hilliard Ensemble Cambridge Music Summer School in 1995, and started a one-voice per part early music ensemble in Edmonton shorter after. She organized Bach Cantata workshops with Dr. Mel Unger, Linda Perillo, and Walter Reiter, who is the principal violinist of The English Concert. She is currently studying voice from The Vancouver Opera Project founder Heidi Klassen. Ms Klassen is one of the accomplished students of the legendary soprano Virginia Zeani. With Heidi Klassen, Pauline is pleased to learned that the same straight tone voice is required for singing opera as well. After many years of pursuing Bach arias, Pauline is now enjoying the freedom of using her voice to sing and express rather than as an instrument as written by Bach. Pauline does not pursue or accept paid engagements because she dedicated her voice to God when she began singing in 1986.


Wilmer Fawcett (Double Bass)

Canadian double bassist Wilmer Fawcett studied at the University of Alberta, the Juilliard School in New York under scholarships from the Canada Council and Frederick Zimmermann, and Indiana University with Murray Grodner. Fawcett is retired as Principal Bassist with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra and Associate Principal with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared frequently in the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, and as a studio and chamber music player (including concerts with the Melos Quartet and the Vogler Quartet). Previous playing positions have included the National Arts Centre Orchestra (as a guest performer) and the Edmonton Symphony, and his teaching positions have included the University of BC, Douglas College, the Vancouver Academy of Music, the Courtenay Youth Music Camp, the Banff School of Fine Arts and Indiana University (as a teaching assistant). Fawcett has performed and recorded many solos in the bass repertory. Wilmer also enjoys playing jazz guitar.


Kelvin Ketchum (Piano)

Kelvin’s mom put him on the piano at age 3 to keep him busy and he’s been playing ever since. He has regularly accompanied soloists and choirs and he plays for lots of weddings. He enjoys singing in several choirs, including the Vancouver Bach Choir. In his day job, he manages reservoir operations for BC Hydro.


David Poon (Harpsichord)

David Poon began studying organ at the University of British Columbia with Denis Bédard while pursuing a piano degree. He quickly switched into the organ program, and completed his Bachelor of Music Degree in 2005. During this time, he studied harpsichord with Jacques Ogg and Doreen Oke and improvisation with Parisian organists Thierry Escaich, Olivier Latry and Pierre Pincemaille.

As a Roman Catholic in love with ancient tradition and liturgy, David is constantly seeking to improve the quality of music in Christian worship. He has studied chant and choral polyphony with Wilko Brouwers, William Mahrt and Scott Turkington; and he currently cantors, directs choirs, and plays organ for various churches around Vancouver. Artistic Director of the Baranduin Ensemble, founder of MOTET, organist for Oculus Chamber Choir and Music Assistant at St. John's Vancouver, David spends his remaining time transcribing video game music, playing viol with his wife Sarah, and teaching his two sons to improvise on Gregorian melodies.


Lincoln Tatem (Drums)

Lincoln Tatem has worked extensively as a composer, producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist both as a leader and a sideman in a wide range of genres, including jazz, rock, funk, classical and a variety of indigenous styles. He is also a sought-after educator, adjudicator, and clinician in and around BC.


2013 Bach Cantata season

Past concerts

We are pleased to offer several Bach Cantata concerts to the community in 2013. The 2013 concert series was made possible through a generous donation. 2013 is also year 101 for Bethlehem Lutheran Church and so we are happy to serve our community with the gift of music – a Lutheran tradition.


Apr 21, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

Bach Cantata BWV 249 | Kommt, eilet und laufet
[Easter Oratorio]

Kommt, eilet und laufet (Come, make haste and run), also known as the Easter Oratorio. The first chorus depicts the drama on Easter Sunday where Mary Jacobi, Mary Magdalene, Peter and John arrives at the tomb to discover that Jesus is no longer in there!

Bach Cantata BWV 4 | Christ lag in Todesbanden

Christ lag in Todes Banden (Christ lay in death's bonds) is a beautiful Easter Cantata. The tune is based on the chorale by Martin Luther. It describes the first death that we all have to face, and the second death which Christ suffered for us, which defeats the first death and turns death into life in Heaven with God. The music follows this thought and moves from bitter sweet to understated joy.


Mar 3, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
Bach Cantata BWV 146 | Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal

This is a unique cantata in that the organ is the main soloist in the opening movement and the first chorus. The text describes the sorrows of the suffering servant Christ while he awaits His ultimate task of dying for our sins on the cross, the worst punishment imaginable in His time. The Bach patterns of sorrow and joy is intertwined as glory is only achieved at the cost of suffering.