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Nov. 13, 2019 | Wednesday
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Edison Singers bring inaugural three-concert season to NOTL
Noel Edison, founder and Artistic Director of The Edison Singers, rehearsing the choir in preparation for their first Niagara on the Lake concert at The Courthouse, Monday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. (Supplied)

Niagara-on-the-Lake is to be one of three musical hubs for The Edison Singers, Canada’s newest professional choral ensemble, according to founding artistic director and conductor Noel Edison. 

“We’re focusing on three communities that have demonstrated a tremendous appreciation for fine choral music — Toronto, Wellington County and Niagara-on-the-Lake,” says Edison, a 40-year veteran of choral conducting at an international level. 

The new choir’s first local performance is Monday, Oct. 28, at the Court House Theatre at 7:30 p.m. 

The Niagara concert series is sponsored by the family of well-known arts supporter Peter Partridge, to honour his tremendous generosity and his respect and admiration for Edison’s lifetime choral achievements. Partridge died a year ago, in October 2018.

Edison is excited about starting fresh after gaining worldwide acclaim conducting and directing both the Elora Singers and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for more than 20 years. 

“It’s so refreshing to start from scratch again, something I’ve not done in 40 years,” he says. “Our inaugural year includes some of my favourite works. I know our audiences will enjoy the music.”

The Oct. 28 concert — Choral Mystics — will showcase music “the choir loves to sing, and audiences love to hear,” from medieval chant to an Orlando Gibbons work to modern works by Pärt, Ešenvalds and others. The program will be topped off with familiar folksongs in new arrangements.

Jim Bourne, music director at St. Mark’s Anglican Church and member of the fledging Edison Singers, is excited by what’s ahead for the group. “We’re singing wonderful music for one of Canada’s most accomplished choral conductors and we’re loving it,” says Bourne.

The 2019-2020 season will include two additional concerts in Niagara. In the Bleak Midwinter, a celebration of holiday music, will be performed Monday, Dec. 9, also at the Court House Theatre.

On Sunday, April 5, at a venue to be announced, the Edison Singers will present Ancient and Modern Reflections, including Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcella and Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, both 16th-century works, and a modern Requiem by Herbert Howells.

“We’ve had our auditions,” says Edison. “We’ve had our musical bootcamp. We’re ready and we’re excited.”

For ticket information and additional details, go to www.theedisonsingers.com or call 226-384-3100.

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