World renowned composer, Christopher Norton, gestures to one of his students as she improvises on the piano during a gala concert at Chilliwack Alliance Church on Saturday. The concert wrapped up a two-day workshop weekend with Norton who is famous for his microjazz compositions. He taught students as young as five years old how to improvise when playing music, and “how to express themselves and find themselves,” says Norton. The event was hosted by the Chilliwack BC Registered Music Teachers Association. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Two-day music festival a great success

On April 21 and 22, the Chilliwack BC Registered Music Teachers Association hosted world famous composer Christopher Norton from the UK.

It was an extravagant two-day music festival featuring 12 digital pianos, one grand piano and students of the BCRMTA. The weekend included two days of improv, performance classes, masterclasses, and two workshops for teachers. Twenty-four teachers and 101 students participated in the festival at the Alliance Church.

The weekend ended with a gala concert showcasing Christopher Norton’s favorite performers, including piano solos and duets, violin, and voice, two improv classes classes, and a marvelous performance by Christopher Norton.

The Chilliwack BCRMTA is grateful for all the support it has received community and would like to thank all of the Christopher Norton Music Festival sponsors including: Kings Music Chilliwack, Long and McQuade Music Chilliwack, Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra, Yale Sushi, Safeway Chilliwack, and The Toronto Royal Conservatory.

Debra Krol,

Chilliwack BCRMTA vice president

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