Malaspina Choir has been delighting Nanaimo audiences for more than 50 years, and we plan to continue contributing to the city’s vibrant cultural scene for many years to come. In that spirit, we are busy developing our plans for the future, so that our choir may sing and perform as soon as the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic have been lifted. Please read on about our future plans, being aware that anything can change depending on the current state of the pandemic and research about singing
While we started face-to-face rehearsals at a new venue (St. Andrew's United Church, 311 Fitzwilliam Street) in September, we decided to stop at the end of October when the BC COVID numbers began to rise again. Our new rehearsal space, which can hold up to 350 people, was "filled" with a widely spaced and masked choir of 18-20. We hope to resume these rehearsals early in the new year.
New Ways to Communicate
We have created three ways for members, alumni and friends of Malaspina Choir to stay in touch. For details, please go to From Fiona – a message from our Artistic Director, Fiona Blackburn. We will also post updates on our Facebook page as well as links to resources to help keep you singing.
Joining the Choir
Normally (when there's no pandemic) we welcome new singers to the choir in fall and winter. If you would like to join Malaspina Choir, please revisit this page in early January to find out whether can add new members. Please Visit Join the Choir for more information and for a choir registration form.
New Rehearsal Venue
We will be rehearsing Tuesday evenings at St. Andrew's United Church, 311 Fitzwilliam Street, Nanaimo when we resume face-to-face rehearsals.
If a rehearsal needs to be cancelled due to inclement weather or other circumstances, a decision will be made by 5 p.m. on the day of rehearsal. Please check this page after 5 p.m. for announcements about any cancellation.
The Malaspina Choir is a registered charity and issues receipts for donations. Charitable donations will help us through these difficult times when we have lost our concert revenue. You can make your donations to the choir through Canada Helps.