Nova Scotia is all about music as you are about to discover during the 2018 INA Rendezvous. We are pleased to announce that the Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir will be performing at the Rendezvous. This Choir will be performing Nova Scotia Sea Shanty’s and Kitchen Ceilidh tunes. It will be an amazing performance you won’t want to miss. We have to thank Nick Halley, Nonsuch 30U owner and Artistic Director of the choir for making this happen. Nick will also be arranging to have other musical guests join us at the Rendezvous. This promises to be an outstanding musical event. I bet you weren’t expecting that at a Nonsuch Rendezvous! Here’s a little more about the choir.
Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir was founded in Halifax by director Nick Halley in 2010 and is modeled on the centuries-old European tradition of men and boys church choirs. While Canada was once rich with such choirs, Capella Regalis is one of only a handful in Canada today. The choir is a free program open to any boy age 6 – 12 who passes an audition. It is a Nova Scotia non-profit society and an educational outreach program of Musique Royale, a music presenting charity.
The choir is ‘in residence’ in both the University of King’s College Chapel, and the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax, singing Evensongs regularly in the Cathedral as part of the “Sundays at Four” series and rehearsing in the King’s College Chapel. In addition, the choristers perform concerts and tours throughout Nova Scotia and beyond in a busy September – June season. The choir released its second CD, Greater Love, in December. For a schedule of events and more information, visit www. capellaregalis.com
Here’s a bit about our good friend and amazingly talented Nick Halley.
Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir, and the founder and Director of The King’s Chorus, a choir for members of the King’s and Dalhousie University communities in Halifax. Nick is also the Assistant Director of the University of King’s College Chapel Choir, the Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, and Cantor and Director for the King’s College Chapel male Compline choir. In 2012, Nick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to Canada and Nova Scotia through the arts. For the 2013-14 season, Nick was the Host of CBC’s national radio programme, Choral Concert.
As a drummer and world percussionist, Nick performs, records, and teaches internationally with a wide range of musicians including American musical icon James Taylor, the Chris Norman Ensemble, Dinuk Wijeratne, Old Man Luedecke, Suzie LeBlanc, David McGuinness & Revenge of the Folk Singers, Concerto Caledonia, Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O’Leary, various Paul Halley ensembles, Theresa Thomason, and occasionally the Nick Halley Band. For more information, visit www.nickhalley.com
Below is a nice sample of the choir’s talent.