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Two Clarenville area singers in National Youth Choir

The National Youth Choir performing at the Basilica in St. John’s.
The National Youth Choir performing at the Basilica in St. John’s. - Contributed

Chandler Coish and Grace Rose sole N.L. representatives

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Two singers from the Clarenville area were part of a glorious harmony over the past several weeks, adding their voices to an angelic sound produced by the National Youth Choir of Canada.

Grace Rose and Chandler Coish.
Grace Rose and Chandler Coish.

Chandler Coish and Grace Rose were the only two representatives from Newfoundland and Labrador selected for the choir, as they played shows across the province, including a performance at the Memorial United Church in Clarenville, before the Podium Choral Conference in St. John’s from June 29-July 3.

Grace and Chandler told The Packet it’s an honour to be able to sing in the choir.

“It really shows how musical and thriving Clarenville really is,” said Grace. “I think that we’ve been doing a great job representing them and it’s been a lot of fun!”

They add that they’ve learned a lot in their short time with the choir this year.

“We’re learning different techniques from different people from across the provinces,” said Chandler.

The conductor of the National Choir is Jeff Joudrey, apprentice conductor is Gabrielle Gaudreault and the accompanist is Phil Roberts.

They say the performances have been a great experience, with each show getting better and better.

While in St. John’s for the Podium Conference, they performed in the Basilica, as well as participating in workshops with composers.

“Everybody is very supportive of each other. It feels great to be unified and representing Canada together,” added Grace.

Jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

Twitter: @jejparsons

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