Victoria Choir joined for online concert by Canadian music icon Bruce Cockburn – Saanich News

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With virtual assistance from Juno Award-winning artist Bruce Cockburn, the Victoria’s Gettin ‘Higher Choir has raised over $ 22,000 with its annual concert Voices Rising: a Fundraiser for Mozambique.

Cockburn, who has been heavily involved in a variety of initiatives to support projects in the African nation over the years, joined choir co-directors Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson last week in a Zoom conversation and also performed acoustically as part of the online show.

Canadian folk rock icon Bruce Cockburn performs at the Gettin ‘Higher Choir’s annual Voices Rising fundraising concert for a village in Mozambique. (Gettin ‘Higher Choir / YouTube)

Baker, a Victoria bus driver by day, was a major factor in this year’s fundraiser, which raises funds for a small village in Mozambique. She and the rest of the group’s efforts over the years have helped provide resources and infrastructure for the community.

“I joined the choir as a participant in 2011, and within half an hour I felt like I had come home, from the community chants that were performing,” said Baker in a statement.

While some singers don’t achieve the same fulfillment using virtual platforms like the ones used for Voices Rising, the Gettin ‘Higher Choir has been able to reach new singers all over the world, she added.

The full concert video has been uploaded and can be viewed on The Gettin ‘Higher Choir YouTube channel.

Information is on the group’s website if you are interested in becoming a member at gettinhigherchoir.ca


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