About us

The North Shore Celtic Ensemble is a non-profit and charitable organization consisting of 55+ musicians, a talented team of Artistic Directors, an experienced Board of Directors and a committed long-term volunteer base. Our performances entertain and inspire audiences wherever we go, locally and abroad. We provide our young musicians the opportunity to play and to work with as many people as possible for the benefit of all, reflecting our deep commitment to improving quality of life through music and simple human interaction.
  • What started as Celtic is now a spirited original repertoire that reflects a dynamic mix of musical influences—Celtic, jazz, classical, folk and more—creating an exciting genre-spanning experience for the players and the audience.
  • Through innovative music programs, community events and artistic collaborations, the NSCE inspires kids to explore who they are as musicians, to push themselves artistically and to come into their own as socially conscious members of society.
  • Events such as our Community Concert Series give young musicians an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to vital community initiatives and services, to share their music and to engage with others.
  • An important part of this commitment involves building connections within the arts community. The NSCE continues to seek out and facilitate collaborations with a wide range of artists and arts organizations. A highlight of the NSCE calendar is the annual Céilí, combining Celtic music and dance to leave your feet aching, your heart thumping and your head spinning.
  • A thank you letter from the West Vancouver Harmony Arts Festival dated August of 1999 refers to a young group of fiddlers as the Waldorf Celtic Ensemble. The Waldorf school was indeed where the Ensemble had its beginning with students mostly from that North Vancouver school. The original idea behind starting a strings group was to keep young people engaged in musical activities through their teens. We registered the North Shore Celtic Ensemble as a non-profit and a charity in 2002 and have since grown into a four-ensemble organization.
About NSCE
  • Testimonials
    "One of your outstanding qualities is that you are so authentic. How refreshing to see sparkling talent presented by genuine musicians who are lovely just being themselves. I have been to countless live perfomances in North America and I can assure you that your group ranks with the best. The mood you create, the happiness, the positive energy you generate stayed with me long after you left the stage."
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    - Bill Cosgrave,
    Kelowna, BC