Brentwood talents to showcase what they’ve learned

Davin Killy and Kira Carroll of the Tonic Fusion vocal jazz ensemble perform during last year’s Winter’s Eve concert. - Andrew Leong
Davin Killy and Kira Carroll of the Tonic Fusion vocal jazz ensemble perform during last year’s Winter’s Eve concert.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

This is a show audiences can feel good about. It’s not just an evening of entertainment. It is also for a good cause.

The Brentwood College School is putting on Concert for a Winter’s Eve — a holiday themed concert to support the local food bank. Students of the school will showcase what they’ve learned over the semester and the line-up includes an array of talented young people.

“I think we’ve got some great talent, we have pretty high standards,” said Phil Newns, the head of the music department at Brentwood College. “It’s a feature for our assemble, orchestra jazz band, show choir. We feature alot of our stars, the soloists.”

Brentwood will collect money and canned goods for the CMS food bank but the concert actually supports two causes. The second is building the confidence of young performers.

“They, the students, rise to the occasion and you get applause at the end of it all. It feels good and they keep coming back for more,” Newns said. “To be confident on stage, if you think about it, you’re trying to do your best and work toward something. They are doing the best that can be perfected.”

Students had to develop and hone their musical skills over the semester but they also had to prove themselves to the director.

“We tend to look at whose attitude is good, who is working hard and who is deserving of getting up on the big stage,” Newns said.

“Most of our performers are more seasoned but there are always new people that we haven’t featured before.”


Your ticket

What: Concert for a Winter’ Eve

When: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 23 at the T. Gil Bunch Centre for the Performing Arts at Brentwood College.

Tickets: can be reserved through the box office. Admission is free but food or cash donations are encouraged. Proceeds go to the Mill Bay Food Bank.

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