Georgetown Choral Society
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 jazz musician who can boogie with the best when you get him going on Celtic 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
A MESSAGE FROM THE GEORGETOWN CHORAL SOCIETY
It has been a tough year for everyone but particularly for choirs, since a gathering of a large group of people close together, belting out hot moist air while they sing, is an ideal situation for transmission of Covid-19.
Accordingly, the GCS had to cancel all live rehearsals, the Spring and Christmas concerts, and other performances for 2020. In the meantime, in lieu of the live regular Monday night rehearsals that would normally start up in September, Artistic Director Chris Dawes is leading a virtual gathering every Monday night using Zoom technology designed to focus on music education, skills development, and member engagement.
We are in the process of assembling an “audio only virtual performance” using Zoom technology. The plan is to post it on-line soon, and we will advise you when it is available.
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 sing for a live audience before the end of 2021.
And if you love to sing, we welcome new members.
We also welcome any patron or donor inclined to support the choir financially and help us survive this challenging time. To make a donation, see:
To all our dedicated audience members who have supported us for a half century, a big warm thank you, and look for news of our plans for 2021 on our web site:
50th Anniversary in 2021
Over the last half century, the GCS has performed a lot of beautiful music. As part of its planning for celebrating the 50th anniversary milestone, the choir is inviting its audience to provide feedback on what it would like the choir to perform at its Spring 2021 concert.
You are invited to login to http://bit.ly/gcsbyrequest and express your preferences.
Please Note, the Christmas 2020 Concert, “A Big Brass Christmas with the Hogtown Brass” has been cancelled.
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