ABOUT THE CHOIR:
The Lila Community Choir & Lila Family Choir
“Singing with Cari is like coming home” – Choir Participant
WHAT: A local Cowichan Valley Choir that invites every one out to sing.
WHO: Calling all voices and ages in the Cowichan Valley to come on out and sing together in harmony. Families Welcome!! Children who are younger will enjoy listening to their family sing!!
We sing songs for the world, gospel, folk, fun, harmony, uplifting songs to share together as one. – One Voice. One Heart Beating. –
There is a kind of magic when many voices come together in song – we all become one, regardless of race, religion, culture, class, age, sex – we all become one.
This choir is filled with joy and love for the world, songs that help us to open our hearts and sing together in harmony.
Cari Burdett, leads the choir with great enthusiasm and dedication for inclusion, community and musical enjoyment. Cari trained with Shivon Robinsong and Dennis Donnelly from the Gettin Higher Choir, Victoria BC, where they lead an successful Community Choir Leadership Training. After graduating from this course, members can join the Ubuntu Choirs Network, a collective of conductors and singers who promote the message of singing as a birthright.
Cari Burdett and her choirs are a member of the Ubuntu Choirs Network and promotes the joy of singing.
“I am, because you are. I need you to be you so that I can be me. A choir is a choir only because its different parts work together harmoniously. Yes, a person truly is a person only through other persons. God bless you in your noble endeavour.”
— Nobel Laureate,
Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
regarding the Ubuntu Choirs Network:
Ubuntu means: I am because we are.
We believe that:
- singing is an essential human birthright and a powerful source of energy and connection.
- singing together is a potent tool for building community
- singing in harmony teaches us to celebrate diversity, and to practice deep listening
Ubuntu choirs are:
- inclusive (open to people from all walks of life, all cultures, faiths, abilities)
- non-auditioned (all voices are welcome: given the right conditions, all can learn to sing in tune and in harmony)
- community-focused (singing to build community rather than primarily for performance)
- socially engaged (actively involved in supporting local and global communities through vocal outreach and fund-raising concerts)