While our rehearsals are on hold, every Monday our Artistic Director is posting interesting choral videos – from the GCS’s own work and other choirs around the world – along with information and a message to all. Check back here every Monday, or join our e-mail list to receive it automatically in your inbox every week.
We thought we would share with you this whimsical and humorous little piece performed by our Artistic Director, Christopher Dawes and GCS Chair Isobel Watkinson.
It is in two parts. The organ music, entitled “Malle Sijmen” is a 16th century Dutch organ piece, and the poem to accompany it, “Silly Silly Simon”, was written to recognize Simon Walker (on the left in the photo above) . He is a very talented musician who accompanied the GCS in several concerts while he was in Canada. Simon unfortunately for us, decided to return to England.
Thank you Simon for your wonderful contribution to the choir.
Click on the image above to view the video.
In 2021 the choir will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. In the choral world, that is quite an accomplishment. We hope to have a live performance in the Fall but in the meantime, we are pleased to provide a six minute video of photos with narration that captures the highlights of the past 5 decades. You can view it here:
A longer 18 minute review of our history with more photos and excerpts from some of our performances is also available here:
We’ve been around since 1971 – a substantial accomplishment for any choir. The reason we are so successful is that we are a dedicated group of about 80 choristers who like to have fun while we give our audiences high quality performances. Our regular cabaret style events are a hoot, ranging from “down-east” music, roaring twenties “soirées”, or romantic “chocolate & roses” evenings featuring soloists from our own members.
Our Artistic Director, Christopher Dawes, is a very creative guy who is a serious musical scholar, a highly respected organist, and an all-round gifted musician who can boogie with the best when you get him going on all kinds of music. Read more about Christopher
We like to do popular lighter stuff from movie themes and musicals, etc, but we also perform serious classical works such as Mendelssohn’s Elijah, or Mozart’s Requiem, and of course, Handel’s Messiah. We have performed at Roy Thompson Hall, the Ford Center, the Mississauga Arts Centre, and other major venues and have also toured in Europe.
From surveys of our audience we have received feedback such as:
“Appreciate your professionalism and obvious love of music”
“Warm friendly atmosphere at concerts”
“Thank you for your continued service to the community”
“Powerful large group sound”.
So come and join us either as a member or just to enjoy our concerts.
50th Anniversary in 2021
Next year will be the choir’s 50th anniversary, and we are making plans as best we can to do something special in celebration, hoping that we will find a safe and workable way to rehearse and perform.
Meanwhile the choir has been holding virtual rehearsals with Zoom technology, and we are delighted to bring you our first effort at a virtual performance.
Carl Strommen’s “Wings,” among the contents of the Georgetown Choral Society’s large music library, represented a great first pandemic project for the choir: appealing, not too difficult, and especially bearing such symbolism of freedom and liberation when the choir and its choristers were so unusually limited by circumstance.
The virtual audio was collected from choristers’ home recordings to a reference video, assembled and mastered in Steinberg Cubase Elements 10.5. The video incorporating red kite hawks in flight and the photographs of choristers’ faces was conceived of and created in Cyberlink PowerDirector 18 by GCS Artistic Director, Christopher Dawes.
And check out our latest virtual production: “COLD & FUGUE” which seemed to us appropriate in the middle of the flu season, compounded by the Covid pandemic: GCS – Cold and Fugue final video – YouTube
Here is another virtual production we made around Christmas entitled: “What Child is This” performed by a small group from the choir: https://youtu.be/NA5pbi-oSq4
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