During these challenging times, The Edison Singers are committed to making music anyway we can. Why? Because we believe music is needed now more than ever. Scientists say that listening to music releases endorphins, elevating your mood and boosting your spirits. Those of us who love choral music know that it can transport you like nothing else.
Our singers know this too. Each time we meet to rehearse or record, I am uplifted by the sheer joy they feel at being able to sing again. Due to the generosity of the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph, and St David’s Presbyterian, Campbellville, we have been able to rehearse while observing physical distancing protocols. We have also presented online virtual choral presentations and are pleased to share some of the recordings here with you.
“Only in Sleep” is a hauntingly beautiful piece by Ēriks Ešenvalds and one I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Also featured are three stirring excerpts from Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli. This was to have been performed in our spring Ancient & Modern Reflections concert which, alas, had to be cancelled due to Covid-19.
I have also been giving music appreciation to ‘Fireside Chats’ and my talk on Bach’s motet “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied” is included here. I shall be doing another on Handel’s Messiah in December when we will also present a Festival of Carols for the Festive Season. So please watch this website for updates.
I am deeply grateful for the ongoing support from our friends and donors and look forward with profound hope to singing for you live in 2021.
Artistic Director & Conductor
A MAGICAL EVENING!
Thank you both for the first and extraordinary breath of Christmas to come!
That was an absolutely magical evening, one neither Ben nor I shall ever forget. The Edison singers are truly a gift, choral music of a grace and reach that we don’t generally hear in Canada. The performance took us all back to our childhoods, our grounding, our foundations, and the essence of who we are.
It is so perfect to have exceptional artistry opening the door for Christmas celebration.”
Feedback from an attendee
Noel Edison is one of the most inspiring choral conductors I have been privileged to work with. He manages to elicit gorgeous sounds and profoundly intelligent music-making from his singers. It is a great joy to know that Noel is at last forming his own ensemble. I can’t wait to hear it!
Director of Music, King’s College, Halifax
Organist & Director of Music, All Saints’ Cathedral, Halifax
Creative Director, Pelagosmusic
I have known Noel Edison since I was a child singing in the same church choir. Through the years, I have seen him build his choirs into a musical powerhouse of high level technical accomplishment balanced by an astonishingly sensitive music making. In Noel’s hands, the choir becomes an instrument of ravishing beauty. I am very happy to see Noel back on the scene and I wish him all the best in his new venture. The musical world will be better for it.
San Diego Opera – Conductor
Chief Conductor designate of the
NordwestDeutsche Philharmonie, Germany