In the three decades since it was founded Vancouver's Phoenix Chamber Choir has earned a reputation for taking on a challenging repertoire of songs, and bringing them to life with a clean choral sound.
And while it's won many awards over the years, including the CBC National Choral Competition several times, the choir's 24 members tell the Early Edition's Elaine Chau that it's the joy of singing together that gives them the most pleasure.
Barb Paul has been with the choir since the beginning. Even though it's been decades, she still looks forward to singing at rehearsal every week.
"There is just a welling up inside of such incredible joy," Barb says.
"You can come to rehearsal from an exhausting day of work, and I actually feel less tired by the end of rehearsal. There's just something so joyful about making music like this. It lifts the spirits and gives you energy."
'It's very warm, and yet very pure... just a special sound."'- Risa Takahashi on the Phoenix Chamber Choir's sound
Barb says, "The singers that join this choir are very special. We've become a family, almost immediately. Whenever a new member joins in, we welcome them. We like to sing and socialize...we've become great friends."
One such new member is Risa Takahashi, who was already a fan of the choir when she joined two years ago.
"I loved going to their concerts all the time, so it's an absolute honour for me to be in the choir to sing with them," says Risa.
"They are one of the finest choirs in town. The specific sound that Phoenix has, it's very warm, and yet very pure. Just a special sound, which always drew my attention."
The Phoenix Chamber Choir's anniversary concert "Fleur: Signs of Spring" will take place at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1440 W. 12th Ave., Vancouver at 7:30 p.m. PT .