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The Elora Festival Singers

Sunday, November 22, 2015
2:30 pm

The Elora Festival Singers (EFS), an all-professional Grammy and Juno-nominated chamber choir, was founded in 1980 by Noel Edison as principal choral ensemble of the Elora Festival. Since 1997, the choir has been the core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers, and is the choral ensemble-in-residence of the Elora Festival each summer.
Through regular concert series, recordings, broadcasts, and touring, EFS has established a reputation as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada and beyond, contributing to the musical life, not only of the community, but on an international stage. With ten releases on the NAXOS label, the EFS is known for its rich, warm sound and clarity of texture. The choir is renowned for its diverse styles, for its commitment to Canadian repertoire, and for its collaborations with other Canadian artists.

Noel Edison is Artistic Director and Conductor of two world-class Canadian ensembles, the large-scale Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the chamber-sized Elora Festival Singers which he founded in 1984. Under his direction, both organizations are recognized across the country and internationally as leaders in the choral field. In recognition of his leadership in Canadian choral music, Noel received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Guelph, was appointed to the Order of Ontario, and in 2012 received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Noel lives in the picturesque town of Elora, and when not rehearsing or performing, can be found engaged in his favourite pastime - golf. He is also a consummate entertainer - hosting dinner parties and large gatherings for his many friends at his homes in Elora and Toronto.

The Choir

Sopranos
Lesley Bouza, Katy Clark, Katherine Napiwotzki, Lindsay McIntyre, Teresa Mahon, Julia Morson, Kate Wright

Altos
Julia Barber, Charlotte Hodgkins, Erin Ronningen, Nellie Scholtes

Tenors
Chris Fischer, Bryan Rankine, Steve Surian, Steve Szmutni, Andrew Walker

Basses
Michael Cressman, Jeff Enns, Paul Grambo, Lawrie McEwan, Marc Michalak, Jordan Scholl

Pianist
James Bourne

Program

Gloria - Timothy Corlis
Sleep - Eric Whitacre
Her Sacred Spirit Soars - Eric Whitacre
Reflexionem - Patrick Hawes
Prayer to a Guardian Angel - Patrick Hawes
Quanta Qualia - Partick Hawes
Soldier, Soldier won’t you Marry me - Paul Halley
The British Grenadiers (from 5 Traditional songs) -arr. John Rutter
John Brown's Body -arr. Richard Marlow (arrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic)

Intermission

Londonderry Air - arr. Bob Chilcott
The Rain is over and Gone - Paul Halley
Out of the Mira - Stuart Calvert
Loch Lomond - Anon. Scottish traditional
Shenandoah - arr. James Erb
Everytime I Feel the Spirit - arr. William Dawson
Old Toy Trains
Carol of the Drum
Santa Claus is coming to town