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Beatlemania: music for all ages

Capital Vox singers are accompanied by violinists from the Four Seasons String Quartet ©Brett Delmage, 2011A large and diverse crowd, ranging from toddlers to grandparents, clapped and even occasionally sang along to the Beatles, as the Capital Vox Jazz Choir showed how many different ways the band's classic songs could be arranged for choir, brass, jazz band, strings, and singers.

Fitting in with how old John, Paul, George and Ringo were when they actually wrote the music, young musicians had a prominent role in the well-attended November 19 concert at Dominion Chalmers United Church. The Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra provided the horns and brass, including marching through the audience playing Yellow Submarine. Four students from Canterbury High School soloed with the choir, and local singer Vanessa Mercier (not much older herself) stepped in at the last moment to sing the fifth solo part.

One fan wasn't even born yet: CBC announcer Amanda Putz, who was the M.C. for the proceedings, noted at one point that her unborn baby was reacting strongly to the music!

Read our interview with Capital Vox choir director Elise Letourneau: Capital Vox stretches the boundaries with jazz and the Beatles

View some photos from the concert and rehearsal

All images ©Brett Delmage, 2011