Fiddelium at the West Coast Youth Fiddle Summit
Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 2pm (for tickets call 250-754-8550)
featuring the Yukon Fiddleheads, North Shore Celtic Ensemble, and the Bow Valley Fiddlers!
The annual Fiddelium show will not be presented at the Port Theatre in May 2020, but we are planning shows up and down Vancouver Island including a show in Comox on April 4th. We are also going back to the Yukon in the spring. Be sure to watch out for tour updates on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Fiddelium (pronounced “fid-DELL-ium”) a small group of young musicians who perform in and around Nanaimo at many events such as festivals, private gatherings, markets, and community celebrations. The music we play is mostly traditional fiddle music, but with an interesting twist. Our arrangements are groovy and high-energy, and are created especially for us by our directors Geoff and Trish Horrocks.
In May of 2017 Fiddelium presented our first annual concert at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre, which was an enormous success. Hosted by Rick Scott, the concert showcased a wide variety of musical styles and sounds against a backdrop of original artwork by Alex Peck-Whyte. You can watch some footage from that concert here. Our 2018 show was again sold out, and featured our new Junior Fiddelium mentoring group alongside the Senior group and many wonderful guest musicians.
In February 2019, Fiddelium travelled to WHITEHORSE to collaborate with the Fiddleheads at the Sourdough Rendezvous ….. we were so glad to make wonderful new fiddle friends in the Yukon!
In May 2019 our show was built around the theme of global fiddle styles: what exactly does “fiddle music” mean, and how do different regions of the world shape their own fiddle traditions? Two giants of Canadian fiddle music, Gordon Stobbe and JJ Guy, joined us on stage to help tell the story. And of course, our wonderful host Rick Scott injected a big ol’ dose of joyfulness to the evening!
For two years in a row, Fiddelium has made the top ten in our category of the CBC Music Class Challenge. In 2017, we presented our version of the CBC Olympic Theme and in 2018 we paid homage to a great Canadian classic, Takin’ Care of Business by Randy Bachman.
Fiddelium embarked on a very successful tour of Vancouver Island in the spring of 2016, performing to sold-out venues in Port Alberni, Courtenay, and Victoria. In July 2015, we were the featured soloist with the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra for the centennial celebrations of the City of Courtenay. We also appeared at the 2015 Father’s Day Ceilidh in Beacon Hill Park in Victoria. Other notable appearances include: Yellow Point Singers Christmas Concert (2018 and 2016); the CDC Telethon (2017, 2015 and 2014); Nanaimo Children’s BookFest (2017, 2016, and 2015); Lantzville Minetown Days (2017, 2014); the Nanaimo Sings Festival (2015); Bel Canto Choir’s 2015 Christmas concert series; and Festival Nanaimo (2016).
Check out our videos on YouTube, catch up on our most recent Tweets, or look at the calendar to see when we are performing next. You can also see some of the great group photos taken by Kelli Etheridge of Etheridge Photographic!
If you’re interested in playing any of the arrangements we perform, please visit Cross Canada Fiddle.
Please send us an email if you are interested in having us perform at your next event!
Thanks for visiting.
“My friends and family were blown away by the concert and also commented on how well it was put together and run.” – Peggy, Nanaimo
“Thank you Fiddelium for bringing your performance tonight to Merville Hall. Your musicianship and stage show were marvelous. I look forward to seeing you all perform again. Wow! I’m at a loss for words. Bravo. One encore was not enough…. Thanks for sharing your talent and the fruits of your hard work.” – Dave, Comox Valley
“I took in the Fiddelium concert last night and was blown away with their performance. They are all superb musicians with good stage presence.” – Bob, Nanaimo
“Kudos and huge appreciations to both of you for the amazing performance at the Port Theatre. It was the fiddle event of the decade!…. and right here in Nanaimo. It was a beautiful, emotional concert and the folks sitting in our area were wiping away tears and had murmurs of awe throughout the concert. There sure was a lot of talent on that stage. Hope you can bask in the glow of what you pulled off. Incredible.” – Cindy, Nanaimo
“Thank you for the spectacular show– all the details, the arrangements, the choreography. So fun to be in the audience and to listen to the kids we know be a part of something so beautiful.” – Nicole, Nanaimo