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Victoria Choral Society
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The Victoria Choral Society, directed by Brian Wismath, is a 120-member, auditioned, mixed-voice symphonic chorus. It is dedicated to presenting the finest choral music from baroque to contemporary.

Now in its 80th year, the Victoria Choral Society has played a leading role in Victoria's cultural life, and has performed with every Victoria Symphony conductor since the symphony’s inception.
                                               
The choir was created after 200 singers, representing most of the church choirs of the day in Victoria, assembled in 1934 to sing Messiah. They agreed to continue singing together to promote choral music – and so the Victoria Choral Union was born. The choir's name has since been changed to the Victoria Choral Society.
The instrumentalists who played with the choir later formed the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.

Recent performances with the Symphony include Britten's War Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and Verdi’s Requiem. Each year, the Victoria Choral Society also produces its own concerts with orchestra and soloists, most recently Rheinberger’s Mass in C Major, Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, Nysted’s Immortal Bach and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Especially exciting was a collaboration with Ballet Victoria in Orff’s Carmina Burana. (See concert history for a list of the choir's programs since 1934.)

This vibrant ensemble has flourished under the leadership of several well known music directors, including Giuseppe Pietraroia, Michael Gormley, Brian Jackson and Bruce More. The Victoria Choral Society is a member of the BC Choral Federation, the Association of Canadian Choral Communities and Chorus America.