Saskatchewan Choral Federation

Noon Hour Concert Series

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February 10 – 12, 2014 Regina downtown residents were invited to savour the music and celebrate singing at ChorFest Saskatchewan’s “Music at Noon” Downtown Concert Series. Occurring everyday over the lunch hour at Knox Metropolitan United Church, the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, in partnership with the Optimist Club of Regina, was pleased to offer a collection of musical styles and genres including acclaimed a cappella choir, musica intima (Monday, February 10), as well as local favourites, Chris Henderson (Tuesday, February 11) and Jack Semple (Wednesday, February 12).

musica intima began the series with an excellent and enthusiastic performance. The concert was well attended by Regina downtown residents, ChorFest’s morning and afternoon participating choirs, funders, SCF board members, and invited guests, as well as Luther College High School Choir members who made a special trip for the performance. Their director, Stewart Wilkinson, was the former director to musica intima’s Bess Albrecht when she was attending high school in Regina. Two other musica intima members hailed from Saskatchewan, Lane Price, of Regina, and Karen Mang of Weyburn.  Workshop participants were invited to share the stage with musica intima to perform one of the pieces they worked on, Shenandoah (arranged by James Erb). Excited applause confirmed the group’s reputation as Canada’s most exciting small choir, renowned musicianship, and warm and engaging stage presence.

The Noon Hour Concert Series continued with Chris Henderson providing the entertainment. Chris Henderson’s blend of modern country sound, with strong traditional roots has quickly helped him become one of Canada’s busiest country recording artists. The concert had fewer attendants because the ChorFest morning and afternoon participating choirs were unable to stay over the lunch hour.

Finishing the week off, the final Noon Hour Concert featured Jack Semple. Juno winner Jack Semple is one of those rare guitar players who leave a crowd speechless, in absolute awe of what they have just experienced. Fans attended the show as well as that morning’s participating ChorFest choirs and the students who were in the audience were able to experience this themselves. Mr. Semple catered to the crowd and played several popular songs, inviting the audience to sing along with him. Overall, it was an excellent show and an excellent end to the festival.


Thanks so much for the gig it was a pleasure to play for those great kids. Jack Semple – Wednesday Noon Hour Artist