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Choir La Rose Des Vents

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La Rose des vents

 La Rose des vents is a community choir of francophones and francophiles who meet on Monday nights to sing in French.

Rehearsals are held in French during the season, which usually runs from September to May, at the Centre des Grands-Vents. New members are welcome; it is not necessary to audition or to speak perfect French. For more information about the choir, please email chorale@acfsj.ca or call (709) 726-4900.

Conductor: Claire Wilkshire
Accompanist: David Green

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History of the choir

(by Stephanie Capron, English translation by Joan Woodrow)

In its early years, between 1977 and 1981, the Frecker choir was directed by Tom Fagan, but in 1992 the choir disbanded.

It was only four years later, in 1996, that the President of the Francophone Association, Andrée Thoms, asked Jacques Chollet to start up a francophone choir, which he directed up until 2002. From 2002 to 2008 the choir was successively led by Christine Liautaud, Johanne Devlin Trew, Claire Wilkshire, Laura Soucy, Liz Hamilton and Michelle Hartery together, and Domenica Daley. The year 2008 marked a turning point for the choir when Claire Wilkshire once again took up the directorship. Today the group is known as La Rose des Vents.

This group gave a ‘cameo’ concert at the D.F. Cook Hall during Festival 500 in 1997. They also performed in the year 2000, as part of the commemorative year of the arrival of the Vikings in l’Anse aux Meadows 1000 years earlier. The year 2000 was also the occasion of their participation in the theatrical show "Copains, copains" at the LSPU Hall.

In a different genre, the choir has also taken part in religious services in a number of churches in St. John’s, such as St. Augustine’s, George St. United, and St. Mark’s. As well, the choir united their voices with those of the St. John’s Choir in a joint concert at Holy Heart of Mary in May 2001. Notably, one of the choir’s performances was aired on the national television broadcast "Le Jour du Seigneur" on October 28, 2007.

More recently, in 2009-2010, for the first time in its history, La Rose des Vents commissioned a piece for choral voices, an arrangement by Stephen Hatfield of the song "Vive la Rose" for choir and piano. The world première of this musical arrangement was on March 18, 2010, as part of the ‘Soirée en Rose’ at the Centre des Grands-Vents.

Over the past number of years, the choir has often performed at sunrise on Signal Hill in recognition of Canada Day, followed by participation in the official ceremonies held at Confederation Building. They participate in numerous other activities throughout the seasons, including the celebration of the Candlemas by Father William Browne at the end of January, the ceremonial raising of the French-Newfoundland flag at the end of May, the ‘Festival du Vent’ in autumn and the singing of French carols during the Francophone Association's annual Christmas dinner. Also vital is the contribution of guest conductors and musicians to the choir’s rehearsals; by bringing their knowledge and sharing their passions, they help choir members to bring their voices together and, perhaps more importantly, to participate in a unique exchange with the community that reaches well beyond the island of Newfoundland.