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The Elora Singers

The critically-acclaimed Elora Singers, under the direction of Noel Edison, will present a beautiful concert celebrating Canada, the Festive Season and their absolute love of choral music.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Elora Singers, an all-professional Grammy - and JUNO-nominated chamber choir was founded in 1980 by Noel Edison. Since 1997, the choir has been the core of the large-scale Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the chamber-sized Mendelssohn Singers and is the choral ensemble-in-residence of the Elora Festival for three weeks each summer. Through regular concert series, recordings, and touring, the Elora Singers has established a reputation as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada. With twelve releases on the NAXOS label, the Elora Singers 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. The choir isn’t content to showcase their excellence in concert. The members have recently embarked on a Community Initiatives Program – a dementia-focused Choral Therapeutic Project at the Wellington Terrace Long Term Care Home in Elora. The music appears to benefit the individuals and enhances neurological stimulation, possibly promoting relaxation and reducing levels of agitation. Residents actively participate in choral singing for an hour, once each week. This Circle of Song, pairing patients with a fully-professional choir, is the first of its kind in the world.

Artistic Director: Noel Edison
Noel Edison is well established as one of the most versatile and charismatic conductors in the world today. As the conductor and artistic director of two world-class Canadian ensembles, the large-scale Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the chamber-sized Elora Singers, Edison is widely recognized and appreciated for his skillful, interpretive work with both choir and orchestra. Twenty members of the Elora Singers serve as the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. A native of Toronto, Edison moved to the scenic village of Elora, where, in 1979, he co-founded the Elora Festival and, a year later, the Elora Singers as its choir-in-residence. Since 1984, Edison has served as Artistic Director of the Elora Festival as well as Organist and Choirmaster of one of the few all-professional church choirs in Canada at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Elora. In 1988, he established the Elora Festival Orchestra.
In 2002 the University of Guelph conferred upon Noel the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music, and on January 22, 2009, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour.


Lobet Den Herrn - J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)

Deer’s Cry - Arvo Part (b. 1935)

Three Lady Motets - Healey Willan (1880 – 1968)
      I beheld her, beautiful as a dove
      Fair in face
      Rise up, my love, my fair one

Immortal Bach - Knut Nystedt (1915 – 2014)

Her Sacred Spirit Soars - Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)

Poor Little Girls from Ontario - Alan Mills (1913 – 1977)
      (arr. Ruth Watson Henderson)

Old Lady Rose - Dave Barker (b. 1945)

Pussy Willows, Cat Tails - Gordon Lightfoot (b. 1938)
      (arr. Larry Nickel) (b. 1952)

Feller from Fortune - Harry Somers (1925 – 1999)


Fogarty’s Cove - Stan Rogers (1949 – 1983)
      (arr. Ron Smail)

She’s Called Nova Scotia - Rita MacNeil (1944 – 2013)
      (arr. Stuart Calvert)

Si j’avais le Bateau - Harry Somers

The Holly and the Ivy - Stuart Thompson (b. 1969)

Who is He in Yonder Stall - Robert H. Young

In the Bleak Midwinter - Gustav Holst (1874 – 1934)
      (arr. Ola Gjeilo) (b. 1978)

Carol of the Drum - Katherine K. Davis (1892 – 1980)

Santa Claus is Coming to Town - J. Fred Coots(1897 – 1985)
      (arr. Kirby Shaw) (b. 1941)