Chor Leoni

Breathe in Hope

Chor Leoni – Erick Lichte conductor | Tina Chang, piano | Katherine Evans, trumpet | Tim Woodford, organ

A most cherished tradition marks our return to live concerts in our new home, the beautiful St. Andrew’s-Wesley United. Both soothing and searing, Remembrance Day with Chor Leoni will feature six world premiere performances and a program of beautiful music that is both a call for peace and a balm for your soul.

Section A $45 | Section B $35 | Section C $30 | Section D $20
Ticketing by Bard on the Beach.
A service charge of $3.68 will be added per ticket.

  • November 10, 2021 | 7:30pm
  • November 11, 2021 | 2pm & 7:30pm
  • St. Andrew’s-Wesley United

Breathe in Hope

The voices of Chor Leoni transform the grief of war into the dream of reconciliation and peace in this 30th observance of a cherished annual tradition.

Ticketing by Bard on the Beach.

Join us opening night for a post-concert Talk Back hosted by former CBC broadcaster Rick Cluff.


  • Don Macdonald

    "I wanted to create a mood that allowed for hope and a sense of community. This I did by writing poetry that reflected on the spirit of my father who passed away in Sept of 2020. "

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  • Marques L.A. Garrett

    "The pitches and rhythms are the vehicles for My Heart Be Brave's message of unity, togetherness, and selflessness."

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  • Ken Cormier

    "This arrangement highlights the vastness of the gulf between the natural, universal human state of dreaming and the utter loss of war."

  • Dale Trumbore

    "Lean into the piece's plea to stick with something – including pain or other challenging emotions – for as long as needed in order to enact change or be changed yourself."

  • Henrik Dahlgren

    "Silence is so much more important and dramatic than sound will ever be."

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  • Katerina Gimon

    "Bell Tower is a reminder of how the meaning of pain and uncertainty in our world can serve as a gateway to loving and living fearlessly."

  • Shruthi Rajasekar

    "The piece interprets the poem's various evocations of nature as embodiments of ragas, the emotive modes of Indian music. It offers the comfort that a loved one who has passed can still exist in a different form, having been reborn."

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  • Melissa Dunphy

    "The metaphor here is the waves of human beings coming up against the shore and dying, and the waves of dead in the cemeteries."

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  • Michael McGlynn

    "In the end, we are all just blood beneath the earth and each moment is to be held on to."

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  • Ēriks Ešenvalds

    "Lux Aeterna is my harmonically-melodic painting of a moment when both, a choir's singing and light-rays streaming through a stained-glass window resonate in the arches and vaults of a church."

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  • Tina Chang

    Tina Chang is currently on the music staff at Vancouver Opera, University of British Columbia, and Vancouver Academy of Music. Active on Vancouver’s music scene, Tina has worked with a wide range of organizations, including City Opera Vancouver, Sound the Alarm, re:Naissance Opera, Health Arts Society, and Astrolabe Music Theatre.

  • Katherine Evans

    Praised for her “solo work of exceptional quality” by the Boston Globe, Katherine Evans is an active recitalist and freelancer. She has performed with the Vancouver Opera, VSO, PBO, Turning Point, and others. She is principal trumpet of the Newport Symphony (OR, USA) and a member of the vocal ensemble musica intima.

  • Tim Woodford

    Recently appointed as Director of Music at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s-Wesley, Tim Woodford has conducted and performed (piano, organ, voice) in the UK and abroad, as well as conducted and performed on the Proms on BBC television and ITV. He has performed for many celebrities including the Royal Family, Sir David Attenborough, and The Archbishop of Canterbury.

Concert Program

  • Invocation

    Erick Lichte

  • World Premiere

    My Heart Be Brave

    Marques L.A. Garrett

  • And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

    Eric Bogle, arr. Don MacDonald | Composer-in-Residence

  • World Premiere

    Waves of Gallipoli

    Melissa Dunphy

  • World Premiere

    Army Dreamers

    Kate Bush, arr. Ken Cormier

  • Tenebrae

    Michael McGlynn

  • Breathe In Hope

    Dale Trumbore

  • Son to Mother

    Henrik Dahlgren

  • World Premiere

    Bell Tower

    Katerina Gimon

  • World Premiere

    Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

    Shruthi Rajasekar

  • Lux Aeterna

    Ēriks Ešenvalds

  • World Premiere

    Boundless and Infinite

    Don Macdonald | Composer in Residence

Featured Video

My favourite concert of the year, your choir makes such a beautiful sound it’s almost other-worldly–and I feel blessed as I listen. Thank you.

Helen Kine, Audience Member