Sooke Maestro Norman Nelson died in the early morning of February 23, 2018. The family has issued the following statement:
“We are so saddened to confirm that Norman Nelson passed away in the early hours of February 23rd in hospital surrounded by family members. His passing is a huge loss for the Sooke community he loved and especially for family, his beloved orchestra and chorus and host of friends, students and colleagues through a lifetime of commitment to making music.
“A private family service is planned at present with plans for a larger public celebration to be finalized and announced soon.
“In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sooke Philharmonic Society or to the Harmony Project would be much appreciated.”
Nelson is perhaps best known locally for his work with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra. He founded it in 1997, and continued as its music director. This 60 member semi-professional orchestra performs numerous beautiful indoor and outdoor concerts each year, in Sooke and beyond.
Besides his work with the Sooke Philharmonic, Nelson was also a key contributor to the founding of the Harmony Project, a non-profit society that provides musical instruments and instruction to children and youth in the Sooke area.
Nelson was honoured last year by the Canadian Music Centre in BC on June 11 when he received the Barbara Pentland Award of Excellence for his many years of dedicated service to Canadian music.
For more background information about Norman Nelson, visit the SookePhil website.
He will be deeply missed.