Cowichan's Community String Orchestra

The CCSO Board is pleased announce that professional violist Chris Redsell has taken on the musical director & conducting position of the Cowichan Camerata String Orchestra for the 2018-19 Season!

Please check out the new subpage on this website introducing our new musical director with a brief bio and some photos.

About Us:  The Cowichan Camerata String Orchestra is a registered non-profit society which includes musicians of all ages, coming together to make music!

Our financial sponsors/donors for the 2018-19 orchestra season:

Anonymous Donor

Cowichan Symphony Society

Carol de la Haye Violin Lessons  (email:; phone: 778-422-3742)

Duncan Garage Cafe and Bakery

D.W. Holmes Resources Consulting Ltd.

Maple Bay Yacht Club

Mike's Violins

Outlooks Menswear Duncan Ltd.

Pam Goshorn

Potluck Fiddlers

True Grain Bread

Reid Hudson Bowmaker  


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

The orchestra began in 2006 under the direction of conductor Garth Williams and has gathered musicians from within our community, including all ages between 10 - 90 years.  It has been a great inter-generational community group which enjoys playing with each other and playing for the Cowichan area.  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 stepping down from the musical directorship post in April 2018.  
We enjoy playing a variety of music including baroque and classic as well as Celtic style pieces plus some favorite movie music which appeals to all ages.  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, Cerrwyden 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.

Our orchestra continues to welcome new members!  Why not come to a rehearsal and check us out?  Interested musicians please send your inquiry to .  Rehearsals are held from 9:30-11:30 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 2014-2018).

Video playlist of past performances: