Halifax Camerata Singers presents its fundraiser, Shanties & Shandies on Saturday, February 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Small Craft Gallery at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, with seafaring musical selections by the choir. Guests will enjoy wine and craft beer from Bishop’s Cellar, a silent auction and finger food by Kitchen Door Catering. Tickets are $50, including a $25 tax receipt. You can purchase tickets from the HCS website, or, please call 902-422-5403 to reserve.
Joining the choir is local storyteller Claire Miller, who will be telling tales throughout the evening. Claire has been telling stories professionally since 1991, travelling the Maritimes for many years, telling to children in schools and libraries. Now she tells stories primarily to adult audiences in venues ranging from large concert stages, to churches and museums, to intimate living rooms. She often collaborates with jazz and folk musicians as well as choral groups to combine the sung and spoken word. Claire’s most recent project was a production of the Thomas Raddall story, Blind MacNair, about a singing contest of traditional shanties and ballads, which she presented with singer Clary Croft and fiddler Kate Dunlay. In January 2015, Saint Mary’s University presented Claire with an honorary Doctor of Letters for her work as a Maritime pioneer in the art of oral storytelling.
The Halifax Camerata Singers includes performers from many parts of Nova Scotia and is Atlantic Canada’s leading chamber choir. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, the Province of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality and individual donors and corporate supporters, the choir was founded in 1986 and has distinguished itself by performing exciting choral repertoire from many periods and styles, with special attention to Canadian music. Their new CD, A Time for All Things, was released to critical acclaim in the fall of 2015.