The Peninsula Singers have enjoyed a remarkable growth since that day in the autumn of 1980 when a handful of singers got together, just for the joy of singing. Six years later, they gave their first concert in the Legion on Mills Road. Since then, the Singers have grown from that community chorus to a full-fledged show chorus, selling out six concerts each year at the Mary Winspear Centre. In fact, the Singers were the first performers to grace the Centre’s stage in 2001. These concerts have become “shows”, featuring choreography, costume changes, humour, and each year a more challenging repertoire. Now, each show has a theme that lends itself to a nice range of music. In our spring shows, we’re saluted Canada as well as the British Isles. We’re travelled “Around the World in 80 Days,” taken a jaunt to Vegas, featured music from Hollywood and sung about the joy and the sorrow of love. For spring 2016, “The Journeys We Take” included songs about the places we’ve travelled, emotionally as well as physically. Our Christmas shows have taken many musical avenues, exploring traditional and modern music that celebrates the holidays. For the past 15 years, Artistic Director Glenda Korella has guided us down this path with assurance and determination. She’s added an important element to the shows, the now traditional “Spotlight on a Young Artist.” And, whereas before, we had an accompanist, she is now joined by several other musicians, including a bass player, percussionist and often a guest musician such as a violinist. Ten years ago we added a Master of Ceremonies to pull the show together and provide a nice, light touch. And we are proud to have always donated proceeds from our shows–for the past ten years, to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation’s Music Therapy Program.