Cowichan's Community String Orchestra

Due to COVID-19 and the resulting PHO orders restricting gathering we have not been able to rehearse or perform in person from March--June, 2020 and then again from November 2020 through to the present time (currently May 2021).  Many of our members have been meeting virtually on Zoom for monthly learning sessions lead by our director which have helped us as we try to keep practicing on our own at home.  We are looking forward to the resumption of person group rehearsals and performances when the pandemic situation improves and PHO orders allow.  Take Care Everyone!

(photo taken c. Nov. 2018)

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.

Starting in our 2018-19 season we were very fortunate to have professional violist Mr. Chris Redsell sign on as our new musical director, conductor and teacher.  Please check out the subpage on this website which includes his brief bio and some photos. 

We enjoy playing a variety of music including baroque and classic as well as arrangements of popular and celtic style pieces plus some favorite movie music with broad appeal.  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.

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

Our financial sponsors/donors for the 2019-20 orchestra season:

Anonymous Donor

Maple Bay Yacht Club

Duncan Violin Shop - Ph: 250-701-2035

Outlooks Menswear Duncan Ltd.

Reid Hudson Bowmaker  

Don Holmes
  1. E&S Heating and Air Conditioning, Ladysmith

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

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: