Cowichan Valley soprano Eve Daniell, left, who’s gained international acclaim, always looks forward to performing in her home region. Rykie Avenant, right, accompanies Daniell on the piano for Sunday’s Chemainus Classical Concerts performance. (Photos by Seb Charlesworth, submitted)

Warm and intimate afternoon assured with Daniell and Avenant

The dynamic duo graces St. Michael’s Church for a Chemainus Classical Concerts performance

Sunday’s Chemainus Classical Concerts performance of Home for Christmas carries a literal meaning for Eve Daniell.

Cowichan Valley soprano Daniell, who’s from Shawnigan Lake, will be joined by Chemainus Classical Concerts artistic co-director Rykie Avenant on piano at St. Michael’s Church in Chemainus at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

Daniell’s credentials are impressive, to say the least. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, and had the distinct honour of singing for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, Prince Philip at Canada House in London.

Internationally-acclaimed Daniell has been referred to as “a real find” by Opera Magazine. She returns to her beloved Island with a festive program to brighten the season, including a selection of oratorio arias, English art songs and seasonal favourites in her signature warm and engaging manner.

Avenant, Daniell’s collaborative pianist of the past 10 years, is well-known in the Valley for her skill and experience as an accompanist.

“Please do join us for a warm and intimate afternoon of seasonal favourites, artfully arranged folk music, plus some lesser known Christmas music by classical composers,” Avenant enticed.

Tea and treats will be served after the performance.

Tickets are available in advance for $18 in Chemainus at Owl’s Nest Bakery & Bistro and the Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn or by calling Eleanor Montour at 250-748-8383 . Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $10 for under 18.

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Rykie Avenant accompanies Eve Daniell on the piano for Sunday’s Chemainus Classical Concerts performance. (Photo submitted)

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