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All-female Richmond choir returns with in person concert

The ladies' choir is going on strong for 50 years.
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The Richmond Singers is an all-female choir based in Richmond, B.C.

Richmond's well-known all-female choir is hosting a belated 50th anniversary concert in June.

The Richmond Singers -- consisting of 48 members -- had to postpone their festivities in 2020 due to COVID-19, but are ready to come back with a big celebratory concert on June 11.

The concert titled "The Power of Song" will be directed by the choir's musical director Fabiana Katz with 14 songs on the music repertoire for the evening.

A special song titled "Our Song" composed by Katerina Gimon, was commissioned to celebrate the choir's 50th anniversary and will be performed for the public for the first time.

Mary Anne Nelson, a long time singer with the choir, said everyone is thrilled to be performing in-person once again.

"We've been working on little bits and pieces of things over the time that we were on Zoom, but it really wasn't the same," said Nelson.

Nelson told the Richmond News that the choir's musical director and committee began putting a music program together last September and it wasn't until February that everyone returned in-person at Broadmoor Baptist Church to practice.

"Practice was a bit difficult, but we wore masks and had to take more breaks to air out the church because, you know, singing can spread the virus when we're close to each other," said Nelson, adding that they are still cautious, but feeling more confident now.

"There's such a community spirit within the choir, but also a love for our community where we live. We do as much as we can to reach out right now, and that's kind of what our choir is passionate about."

The concert will take place at Richmond's Fraserview Church on June 11 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, $18 for groups of 10 or more and free for those 12 and under.

To purchase tickets, email richmondsingers@gmail.com or online at The Richmond Singers website.