One Voice reminisces over 20 years of singing
Do you remember what happened in Uxbridge on March 29, 1998? If the answer is “certainly not!” then perhaps this will jog your memory. One Voice Singers presented “Spring Into Song,” its first spring concert, at St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Angela Wakeford, who founded the choir the previous fall, led the group in a presentation rich in variety and quality, setting a standard that the choir continues to pursue 20 years on. At that inaugural concert, the choir was helped by several guest soloists, including Elizabeth Elming (who was 10 at the time), Mark Powney, Matthew Kett and Emily Myhr, along with the Uxbridge Youth Choir.
This year’s concert celebrates this 20th anniversary, and the One Voice Singers are proud of this heritage as it offers “Reminiscing” to the community on Saturday, April 28, also at St. Paul’s.
In homage to that initial concert, One Voice will reprise seven songs from that time, which many people will recognise. Charles White, who is in his 10th season of conducting the One Voice Singers, will lead “a presentation rich in variety and quality as we continue to grow as musicians.”
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Presents Presents, or at the door.
Repeat performance a Chamber Choir hit
The Uxbridge Chamber Choir has a concert coming up that has been called “a repeat blockbuster”.
“The choir sang the same program exactly 10 years ago,” said Marg Cunningham, the choir’s co-president, “and it’s remembered – by many singers as well as audience members – as one of the outstanding concerts we’ve performed.” The program for the concert has two major works, both Requiems, by French composers Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé.
“Don’t let the term ‘requiem’ mislead you”, says choir director Thomas Baker. “Requiems have been written by many composers, and are musical settings of the traditional Catholic Mass for the Dead. However, there’s nothing sombre about these works – just gorgeous music.” The Faure Requiem is one of the best-known, with some elements, such as the Pie Jesu, becoming almost pop classics. The Duruflé work is somewhat more challenging, with some very dramatic music, adds Baker.
There’s also an additional shorter work on the program, the “Lux Aeterna” by English composer Sir Edward Elgar. This piece of music – a choral setting of the well-known Nimrod variation from Elgar’s Enigma Variations – became very popular after it was selected as the principal musical theme for the national memorial service in Washington for the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
Accompanying the choir will be one of Canada’s foremost concert organists, Ian Sadler. Ian is an organist very much in demand, who has given recitals across Canada and in many European countries.
The concert is at Trinity United Church, First Ave., Uxbridge, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 (tickets $25 at the door).