Cowichan's Community String Orchestra

**Notice - Our website is undergoing reconstruction and will not be editable with new or revised content starting Dec. 1, 2021 and continuing until sometime in the new year.  For updates on CCSO activities during this period of transition please visit our CowichanCamerata Facebook page or email questions to: .**
2021-22 Season now in progress!
After a short and successful early summer outdoor season of music making, the CCSO has embarked with music director Chris Redsell again at the helm, returning to the HUB Heritage Room for indoor rehearsals which began September 18, 2021.   The board has revised our policy statement (see orchestra policy document under rehearsals tab) to comply with new PHO orders requiring all participants to wear masks while gathering indoors.  Also starting Sept. 13th PHO requires that proof of COVID-19 vaccination be shown by all participants--musicians and audience members alike.
Any string players interested in joining our orchestra please review the policy statement and then feel free to contact us.
Photo taken July 10, 2021 following our outdoor private mini-concert at Fairbridge.

Our PRIVACY POLICY can be reviewed by clicking on the following link:

Our financial sponsors/donors for the 2021-22 orchestra season:

Anonymous Donor

E&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Ladysmith

Maple Bay Yacht Club

Mike's Violins - NEW LOCATION by appointment only phone 250-701-2035


 **If you would like to become a sponsor and be added to the above list please contact any orchestra member or **

History About Us: The Cowichan Camerata String Orchestra is a registered non-profit society consisting of mostly amateur musician members of all ages who enjoy making beautiful music together. 

The orchestra began in 2006 under the musical direction of professional violinist, teacher, composer and conductor Mr. Garth Williams and has gathered musicians from across the south island community, including all ages between 10 - 90 years.  It has been a great inter-generational community group which enjoys playing with each other and performing in the community.  We are grateful for all the time and energy that Garth has poured into developing the orchestra over the years.  He has adapted and arranged numerous pieces for us and also contributed original compositions for us to play, leading us for eleven seasons until his retirement from this conducting work in April 2018.

We enjoy playing a variety of music including baroque and classic as well as arrangements of more recent favourites.  Our aim is to make live orchestral music more accessible to the community.  We have performed at local Island Health facilities including the Cowichan District Hospital, Cairnsmore Place, Cerwydden Care Center and the Lodge on 4th.  In addition to our annual Spring and Christmas concerts we have played on the outdoor stage at the Downtown Duncan Farmer's Market, the Deck The Hall Christmas Craft Market and the Cobble Hill Variety Show.

(photo taken c. Nov. 2018)

Our orchestra continues to welcome new members!  Why not come to a rehearsal and check us out?  Interested musicians may send inquiries to: 

Rehearsals are typically held from 9:30-12:30 on most Saturday mornings in September through December and January through April. 

Enjoy some excerpts from our past concerts!  (Special thanks to Evan Reimer for his assistance in recording, editing and publishing CCSO concert videos from 2014-2019).

Video playlist of past performances: