The FVS Symphony in rehearsal.

Valley symphony seeking players

Langley musicians can sign up to join the Aldergove-based group.

The Fraser Valley Symphony is on the hunt for musicians.

The Aldergrove-based orchestra is seeking a mix of artists on a wide range of instruments: percussion, bassoon, as well as violins, viola, and string bass.

The 11-year-old music group rehearses Monday evenings at Aldergrove Community Secondary between September and June.

Those interested in particpating are asked to contact music director Lindsay Mellor at 604-526-3045. For more information on the group, people can visit: www.fraservalleysymphony.org.

Canadidates should have a “high level of proficiency on their instrument,” Mellor said.

“Performing alongside world-class instrumental and vocal soloists, the Fraser Valley Symphony provides a forum for auditioned musicians to present a variety of orchestral music for the enjoyment of audiences in the Fraser Valley,” Mellor added.

Canucks dominate contest

Canadians dominated during the 2015, U.S.-based Unsigned Only music competition that just wrapped up, with Langley’s own contemporary pop artist Tiffany Desrosiers earning herself honourable mentions for her vocal performance of Love’s A Losing Game.

Conceived and produced by the same team that rolled out the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Unsigned Only is open to artists not signed to a major label.

Unsigned Only is a music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints.

The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist… a newcomer or veteran… raw or polished – the “gem” that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

In results of the 2015 recently released, there were 31 Canadian artists who won either first, second, or honourable mention – including Desrosiers, who is currently touring the U.S.

“This is an incredible achievement for Canadian music and it is extremely important to Unsigned Only that the accomplishments of these artists be recognized,” said co-founder and director Candace Avery.

The grand prize winner was Jared Porter and Kaylee Bell of Brisbane, Australia. There was more than $100,000 worth of prizes up for grabs.

They are are solo artists individually, who teamed up to write and perform the stunning duet, Pieces.

With this collaboration, they have crafted a song that showcases their beautiful vocals in an emotional, stellar performance.

The artists have a lot in common, as both are Toyota Star Maker winners and have accumulated extensive accolades, including winning the APRA New Zealand Best Country Song award for Pieces.

The song also went to number one on the Australia Country Music charts.

“We are so incredibly honoured and blown away to have won this award,” Jared and Kaylee stated. “We both are so proud of our song ‘Pieces’ and will use this achievement for the better.”

Info: www.unsignedonly.com.

 

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