Victoria Symphony Splash
On Sunday, August 2, 2015, tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 26th annual Victoria Symphony Splash. From a floating stage in the Inner Harbour, Maestra Tania Miller, the orchestra and special guests will perform, ending with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – with fireworks of course!
What is Victoria Symphony Splash?
Victoria Symphony Splash is an annual Victoria Symphony event that takes place on a floating stage moored in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It includes musical entertainment, food, souvenirs and the evening’s highlight: a live performance by the Victoria Symphony. Splash is now one of the largest annual symphony events in North America, attracting up to 40,000 Victoria residents and visitors from all over the world, some who visit Victoria just to see Splash! Over 400 volunteers help to bring the event to the community.
Want to volunteer?
Volunteer at Splash!
Splash simply cannot happen without its team of wonderful volunteers, each year we recruit over 300 volunteers to help ensure that our event runs smoothly. We need you for a variety of tasks leading up to and during the day.
Benefits of Volunteering at Symphony Splash
– Be part of one of the largest outdoor orchestral events in North America and one of Vancouver Island’s signature summer events!
– Give back to your community and be part of a fantastic team!
– Support the Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island’s largest arts organization
– Meet new and interesting people while you hear wonderful music in a spectacular setting
– Get a Splash volunteer t-shirt and invitation to the Splash Volunteer after-party in August
– Receive a ticket voucher for a concert in the Victoria Symphony’s 2015/2016 season
If you’d like to join us, please fill in this Volunteer Application Form, and our Volunteer Coordinator, Holly Brinkman, will be in touch soon.
Splash Volunteer Orientations are Monday, July 27 / Tuesday, July 28 and Wednesday, July 29 @ 6:00 pm at the Cook Street Village Activity Centre (380 Cook Street, #1)
The minimum age for volunteering at Splash is 16. If you are younger than 18, we’ll need permission from a parent or guardian before we can let you volunteer. Some volunteer positions require a criminal record check – Holly will let you know if your position requires this.
All volunteers are required to attend a brief orientation meeting during the last week in July. Once we know which team you’ll be working with, we can let you know when your orientation session will be.
What kind of music does the orchestra play?
The music performed is a mix of classical and popular selections and one (or two) talented young soloists are featured each year. The concert concludes with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with navy field guns and fireworks.
What time does Splash begin?
Many people arrive early to ensure they have a good view of the barch for the orchestra performance at 7:30 PM. The Family Zone opens from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, and the opening act (2014 opening act features The Timebenders) begins at 4:00 PM. Splash concludes at approximately 10:00 PM.
What is the admission?
Victoria Symphony Splash is a “by donation” event produced entirely by the Victoria Symphony. While we do receive support from generous sponsors and “heroes,” we ask that you donate $5 per person to make this event a reality. Every $5 donation will receive a Splash Button which you can wear proudly to show your support for the Symphony. You’ll find volunteers with donation buckets roaming the crowds or you can track down one of our donation barrels. All proceeds go to support the Victoria Symphony’s artistic and education programs.
What should I bring?
You may want to bring a folding chair, or a blanket if you plan to sit on the Legislature lawn. If you do bring a chair, please observe all posted signs and roped-off areas. The wind off the water can be chilly after sunset, so bring a sweater or wrap. Please be advised that sunscreen and hats are recommended for sun protection and water to keep you hydrated! Chairs will not be allowed to be set up before 8:00 AM on August 2.
What amenities are available?
Food and beverage vendors are located on Government Street next to the Royal BC Museum. A percentage of sales is donated to the Victoria Symphony. Portable washrooms are located in easily identified areas and St. John’s Ambulance staff several first-aid stations. Seats on the Grandstand (bleacher-style seating) are available for purchase in advance through the Victoria Symphony Box Office (250.385.6515) starting in June 2015. Grandstand seats remaining on Splash Day can be purchased through the Information and Merchandise tent on site. Blankets, sweatshirts, cooler bags, and other items are also available for purchase at the merchandise tent on site.
What should I do if I have a physical disability?
We’ve reserved a special area for people with disabilities and their families/friends on the northwest corner of the Empress lawns. The area opens late in the afternoon and is first come, first seated. We also have a wheelchair-accessible portable toilet on Belleville St.
Is it possible to come by boat?
Yes! Small craft owners (kayakers, canoeists) can moor their craft near the barge to listen to the music from the water. The Harbour Master will let you know if your watercraft is too close to the barge.
Concert Program & Soloists
Overture to Colas Breugnon – Kabalevsky
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka – J. Strauss Jr.
Wiener Blut– J. Strauss Jr.
España – Chabrier
Trumpet Concerto – Arutiunian
Dance of the Comedians (from the Bartered Bride) – Smetana
Bolero – Ravel
Huapango – Moncayo
Excerpts from Carmen – Intermezzo, Prelude and Aragonaise and Les Toréadors – Bizet
Mexican Hat Dance –arr. Hearshen
Libertango, Oblivion – Piazolla
1812 Overture – Tchaikovsky
Ben Parker, Trumpet
Ben began playing trumpet when he was seven years old. The first year he played without a teacher and taught himself how to play by ear. Attending Comox Youth Music Centre’s classical music camp inspired him to play more classical music. He auditioned for the GVYO and got to play second trumpet with his schoolmate, Chris Fenje. This is Ben’s third year playing with the GVYO. He currently goes to St Michael’s University School and studies trumpet with Tim Quinlan.
Rebecca Bracewell, Accordion
Rebecca Bracewell was born in 1997. At the age of three, she was diagnosed with a severe hearing loss and ever since has had to wear hearing aids. One would think that someone having such an immense obstacle could not possibly be a musician. But not Rebecca, at the age of seven she started playing the piano.
After getting an old accordion at the age of 13, Rebecca fell in love with it, and couldn’t imagine her life without the music. At the age of 15, she decided to find herself the best possible accordion teacher and started having lessons with the internationally recognized classical accordionist and teacher, Jelena Milojevic. Under her guidance Rebecca made great strides, becoming the best classical accordionist in North America, under the age of 18.
Rebecca recently successfully performed in Canada, US and Australia.
Rebecca will be playing Piazzolla’s Libertango and Oblivion.
The Victoria Symphony launched its first Symphony Splash in celebration of its 50th Anniversary. Thousands of people showed up at the Inner Harbour to watch the orchestra play on a barge moored off shore. And they have been coming ever since, in greater and greater numbers.
The leaders of the organization at the time were Board President Murray Glazier, General Manager C. Stephen Smith and Music Director Peter McCoppin.
The following year donation barrels were set up and staffed by volunteers. In 1992 organizers arranged for a larger barge and a better sound system and, by 1993, concrete pilings were installed in the harbour to provide permanent moorage for the Splash barge.
Splash is now one of the largest annual symphony events in North America. The event attracts up to 40,000 Victoria residents and visitors, and over 400 volunteers contribute to its goal of brining the symphony to the people.
Each year a young soloist is chosen to perform with the Victoria Symphony, a tradition that began in 1994 and to this day is supported by the Leslie and Murray Glazier Young Musicians Fund.
2014 marks the 25th anniversary of this great community event. Throughout the years, the event has continued to grow and improve. There have been a myriad of sensational acts, countless successes and overwhelming support from the generous community of Victoria.
Moments in History
1994 – The tradition of the Splash young soloist is commenced with violinist Timothy Haig through the support of the Leslie and Murray Glazier Young Musician’s Fund.
1995 – Splash is postponed due to torrential rain showers and is rescheduled for a later show in August on Belleville Street.
2003 – Tania Miller’s debut as Splash conductor.
2005 – Maestro Giuseppe Pietraroia steps in to save Splash when an expectant Maestra Tania Miller delivers her first child a few days earlier than anticipated!
2006 – The only year anyone actually made a ‘splash.” One of the pipers, in full regalia, accidentally stepped off the barge at the end of the show. Although he was pulled quickly out of the water, the band still jokes about the “piper down!” cries that were heard from the crowd!
2009 – The orchestra parade is added giving Tania Miller, the young soloist, and the musicians the grand entrance they deserve.
Past Young Soloists
2014:Eric Lin, piano
2013: Eric Manning, piano, Carter Johnson, piano
2012: Eehjoon Kwon, violin
2011: Alice Haekyo Lee, violin
2010: Grace Ma, piano, Phillip Manning, violin
2009: Christine Wong, piano, Josh Lovell, tenor
2008: Hugo Wong, piano
2007: Carolyn Tsao, piano, Sahara Sloan, voice, Timmy Chooi, violin
2006: Kevin O’Riordon, violin
2005: Heather Mcleod, voice
2004: Jordan Ofiesh, violin
2003:Justin Chiu, piano
2002: Chika Card, piano
2001: Nikki Chooi, violin
2000: Margit Juhasz, piano
1999: Caitlin Tully, violin
1998: Samuel Seong, piano
1997: Audrey Bild, piano
1996: Anthony Dolhai, piano
1995: Anthony Dolhai, piano (scheduled, but didn’t play)
1994: Timothy Haig, violin
The Splash Family Zone will feature plenty of activities for the entire family! It’s on the lawns of the Empress hotel from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.
Activities are sure to include face painting and our Instrument Petting Zoo. Stay tuned for more details!
Victoria Symphony Splash could not survive without the support of local businesses. This by-donation, family-friendly event is attended by over 45,000 locals and visitors. Victoria Symphony Splash is not only an important cultural event in Victoria, it’s also an economic booster. Each year on the day Splash is held, the City of Victoria is injected with over $1.2 million in economic activity.
There are many ways to contribute to Splash: become a “Hero” and give $1,000 to the event, give a larger donation to become a community supporter, or donate services or supplies to help put on the event.
Whether you wish to be the Splash Presenting Sponsor or simply would like to donate food for our volunteers, there are many opportunities to support Victoria Symphony Splash. In return, businesses have been recognized in various ways:
- Recognition as a Splash Sponsor on the Splash website, with a link to your site
- Logo printed on the Victoria Symphony Splash event program. Circulation 10,000. Readership 20,000
- Logo printed on any additional collateral material for the promotion of Symphony Splash including 1,200 event posters, 5,000 flyers and stand-up event banner
- Logo inclusion in all paid print advertising
- Verbal acknowledgement as a Splash Sponsor from the stage during event
- Opportunity to provide have an information tent onsite at Victoria Symphony Splash
- Invitation to the Splash Launch in early July 2015
- 2 VIP invitations to the Sponsor party during the event on August 2, 2014
- Thank you event at a fall Victoria Symphony concert
For more information, please contact Lorraine Tanner via email or at 250.385.9771 ext. 231.
Splash 2015 Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: Thrifty Foods
Premium Sponsors: The Allen and Loreen Vandekerkhove Family Foundation, Band of Heroes
Community Sponsors: Splashes, Ralmax, Seaspan, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, Island Paving Company, BCLC (BC Lottery Corporation)
Event Partners: Capital Iron, Cook Street Village Activity Centre, Driftwood Brewery, Leslie and Murray Glazier Young Musician Fund, Mt. Boucherie Winery, Salt Spring Island Tours, Slegg Lumber, Sportball, Steamship Grill & Bar
Media Partners: CTV, Kiss 103.1 FM, Ocean 98.5, Times Colonist
Government Partners: British Columcia Arts Council, Province of BC, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, CRD, City of Victoria
Band of Heroes
The Victoria Symphony Splash Band of Heroes was initiated in 2010 to help cover the operational costs of Splash and build a stable and sustainable future for Victoria’s marquee summer event.
The Band of Heroes are business leaders and individuals who believe that Victoria Symphony Splash is an event that not only provides an incredible day of music and fun for over 40,000 people, but is also an uniquely Victoria event which enriches our community and benefits our downtown businesses.
Through your Band of Heroes sponsorship, you will support the Victoria Symphony’s Splash event. Each summer, thousands of Splash visitors contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to downtown businesses by visitors staying in hotels, eating out, shopping and enjoying our amazing Victoria.
The not-for-profit Victoria Symphony provides this world-class event to Victoria with help from individuals, businesses and government. Your support is a vital part of making it all happen.
Thank you to our 2015 Splash Band of Heroes
Annamaria and Dr. Perry Bamji
Black Ball Ferry Line
Brown, Henderson, Melbye
Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Helijet International Inc.
Magnolia Hotel & Spa
Milestones Grill & Bar
Murchie’s Tea and Coffee
Pescatores Fish House & Oyster Bar
Rick Arora – Stone’s Jeweler
Royal Roads University
Union Club of British Columbia
University of Victoria
Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
West End Gallery
Victoria Symphony Splash Super Heroes:
We hope you will join our Splash Band of Heroes for 2015.
Please contact Sandy Grayson for more information.
250.412.1977: [email protected]
Thank you to our sponsors for making Victoria Symphony Splash happen!
Band of Heroes:
Annamaria and Dr. Perry Bamji, Black Ball Ferry Line, Brown, Henderson, Melbye, Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort, Driftwood Brewery, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Fairmont Empress, Helijet International Inc., L.A. Limo, Magnolia Hotel & Spa, Milestones Grill & Bar, Monk Office, Murchie’s Tea and Coffee, Pescatores Fish House & Oyster Bar, Rick Arora – Stone’s Jeweler, Robbins Parking, Rogers’ Chocolates, Royal Bank, Royal Roads University, Tempo Trend Music, Tourism Victoria, Union Club of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour, West End Gallery