Marty Horswill, an active participant in the arts community in Nelson for decades, passed away suddenly in 2020. A Nov. 12 concert will feature the Marty Horswill Memorial Choir as well as singers Allison Girvan, Noemi Kiss, and Kathleen Neudorf. Photo: Submitted

Marty Horswill, an active participant in the arts community in Nelson for decades, passed away suddenly in 2020. A Nov. 12 concert will feature the Marty Horswill Memorial Choir as well as singers Allison Girvan, Noemi Kiss, and Kathleen Neudorf. Photo: Submitted

Concert to be held in memory of Marty Horswill

Many local singers and the Marty Horswill Memorial Choir will perform on Nov. 12

Submitted by the Echo Vocal Arts Alliance

On Nov. 12, Echo Vocal Arts Alliance (formerly the Amy Ferguson Institute) will present a one-hour concert in memory of one of its founding members, Marty Horswill, who passed away suddenly in the fall of 2020.

Horswill was active in the arts community in Nelson for decades, and in particular with the singing and choral community as an accomplished baritone.

In addition to his role as a founding member and director of the Amy Ferguson Institute, he was a member of the Nelson Choral Society and Cottonwood Choir, and often performed as a soloist in numerous musical events, including opera, musical theatre, and choral concerts.

Horwill was the driving force as a producer behind the world premieres of the operas KHAOS and Jorinda, as well as other musical events.

Echo Vocal Arts Alliance seeks to honour his memory with a concert presented by local musicians who shared many musical experiences with Horswill over many years.

Local singers and choral directors Allison Girvan, Kathleen Neudorf, and Noémi Kiss, as well as the Marty Horswill Memorial Choir assembled specifically for this event, will perform works by Karl Jenkins, Ola Gjeilo, Eric Whitacre, the Wailin’ Jennys, Serena Ryder, and others.

Admission is by donation. The concert will take place at the Nelson United Church at 7:30 p.m. Audience members are strongly encouraged to wear masks while in the venue.