Category Archives: Concert

Canadian Composer Series: “Sicut Cervus” by Stephanie Martin

Our latest videos in this series. In the first video, the choir rehearsing Sicut Cervus by Canadian composer Stephanie Martin for our upcoming concert on Friday, October 28th. In the second video, Stephanie is in conversation with assistant conductor Mark Ramsay, discussing how the piece came to be composed.

Wonderful Event Last night!

It was a wonderful time yesterday at the Luminous Night Festival concert; it is always an honour to have the composer in attendance, and it was great working and performing with Ola Gjeilo. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church is a large building with a lot of pews but it was pretty full!

Here’s an image snuck in during rehearsal yesterday afternoon.

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Getting Ready for the Luminous Night Festival Concert

A good rehearsal last evening for the Luminous Night Festival Concert on Saturday, October 15th at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto.  It was a lot of fun working with an amazing string quartet who will be accompanying us for the one of the Ubi Caritas settings by composer Ola Gjeilo, who will be here as part of the concert, along with a number of other fine choirs: Orpheus Choir, Resonance, the University of Toronto MacMillan Singers and Women’s Chamber Choir, and the Choir of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

Tickets are still available here!

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Our Next Concert: A Time for Looking Forward: Music of Young Composers, Friday May 26th, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017, 8:00 pm
A Time for Looking Forward:
Music of Young Composers
St. Thomas’s Anglican Church
383 Huron Street, Toronto

This program will feature works by Canadians Kathleen Allan (In Paradisum), Matthew Emery (The Song my Paddle Sings), J. Scott Brubacher, Lavinia Kell Parker (Songs are Thoughts) and the to-be-selected 2017 winner of the annual choral composition competition for emerging composers. In addition, we will feature music by American Jake Runestad (Alleluia) and Latvian composer Eriks Ešenvalds (Only in Sleep).

Sir David Wilcocks

As our concert on Friday nears, I am thinking of Sir David Wilcox, who passed away earlier this year.

Although in his nineties, it seemed (to me at least) he would live forever. For many singers, familiar with his Christmas Carols for Choirs books (“the green book and the orange book”), his arrangements of many Christmas carols became canonical, the standards, indeed a central part of the sound track of the Christmas season.

Heard so often in services such as the deeply moving Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols made famous in King’s College Chapel, and a staple of so many Christmas concerts worldwide, his beautiful, sensitive arrangements bring such joy; I grew up with them, and they are part of my own personal Christmas experience; without them the season for me would be diminished, and just a little bit empty.

At our concert on Friday, we (and you!) will be singing a few Christmas classics made magical by his deft arrangements. Sir David has passed, but his genius will always be part of Christmas, and in that sense he will live forever, as long as Christmas continues to be Christmas. We hope you will join us this Friday night for a small taste of how he made Christmas special.

-John Meadows