Jim Kingham – Master of Ceremonies
Jim has been involved in the performing arts since his youth, as a singer, public speaker, actor and instrumentalist. He sang with the Lysenko Chorale of Toronto and the Victoria Village Squires and has played with groups ranging from small ensemble to full orchestra. Jim now plays with the saxophone quintet, Saxophoria, (a.k.a. Santa Saxes, at Christmastime), with the Sidney Concert Band and a small jazz ensemble. As the dapper M.C. for the Peninsula Singers, he’s done more than simply introduce the songs–he’s become an integral part of each performance. Jim has been called upon to play his sax and clarinet, he’s done a little singing and has even played the role of pub owner, radio disc jockey and cruise director, all with a nice touch of humour. Jim concludes: “This is the most enthusiastic group of performers I have ever had the pleasure to work with.”
Janet Yonge – Piano – Accompanist
Janet Yonge has been a piano teacher and accompanist in the Victoria area for over thirty years. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a major in piano and studied piano pedagogy at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She has a busy teaching studio and has accompanied a variety of choirs and soloists. Janet had the pleasure of accompanying the Victoria Broadway Chorus under the direction of Bob Leblanc, and is currently the accompanist for the Greater Victoria Police Chorus. Janet’s other musical interests and training includes flute and organ, and for recreation she is a distance walker and dancer. Janet is thoroughly enjoying working with the vibrant Peninsula Singers.
Jennifer Bennett – Bass Guitar – Musician
Jennifer was introduced to the bass at a community band in Kingston, Ontario, where she was impressed by the instrument’s beautiful low notes and versatility. She thanks her mother for forcing her to take violin lessons, which instilled a lifelong love of the strings. Jennifer’s involvement in choral music inspired her to create the non-auditioned Frontenac Women’s Chorus, who still rehearse and perform in the small towns north of Kingston. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from Queen’s University. Since moving from Kingston in 2014, Jennifer has played bass with the Bayside Band. “When I moved here I didn’t have room in my car for my double bass, which I called Basie,” says Jennifer. “For some reason the bass I found here is female, so she’s Bella.” She was born in B.C. so, she adds, “It’s great to be back home, surrounded by beauty and music, with so many opportunities to listen and to perform. I live in Sidney so the Peninsula Singers concerts have been favorites of mine. The choir’s love of singing and the care for one another shine through.”
Our “Prince of Percussion” has been playing with the singers since Christmas of 2007. In that time he has created an amazing array of sounds that have added a rich background to every performance, such as thunder, the sound of a water fall, a variety of bells and the mighty chime from bell towers. “I love playing with the Peninsula Singers because it give me an opportunity to brach out from the the usual and create rhythm and sound that compliment the chorus,” he says. Terry lends his expertise to several other local bands including the Sidney Concert Band, The Organics Jazz Trio, and the 16 piece Bayside Big Ban. In addition he is part of the music team at St. John’s United Church in North Saanich. In the spring of 2017 he and the Sidney Concert Band travelled to Cuba, performing in five concerts in the eastern part of the country. While there, Terry studied Latin Percussion and played jointly with some very fine Cuban musicians.
Bill Culp – Trumpet
Recently arrived accompanied by his trumpet, Bill Culp was hopeful about finding some like-minded folks on the Island. He’s not been disappointed, having been welcomed by the Sidney Concert Band and the Bayside Big Band in becoming a member. “Musicians here are enthusiastic, welcoming and supportive – and they seem to be in considerable numbers. The peninsula community is extremely fortunate to have such an array of talented, performing artists.” Bill’s past musical experiences include being a member of the London Concert Band, the WindMiller Big Band and other ensembles in London, Ontario and, in Florida, with the Clearwater Community Band, the Dunedin Concert Band and the New Port Richey Band among their “snow bird” cohorts. The opportunity to play a role in the Peninsula Singers’ Broadway review is one he couldn’t resist and he is pleased to have been invited to blow his horn in the “pit band”.