Regal, triumphant, nostalgic, spiritual and sentimental…
This season of concerts spans a vast array of heartfelt musical expression.
Hugh Brewster has written and produced a programme Royal Splendour, with music that spans everything from Mendelssohn’s song ‘Italien’ Op.8, No.3 to music from the recent coronation of King Charles III. Joining Hugh in the narration will be actress Brigitte Robinson in a program that includes a multimedia screenshow of archival images and video.
Handel’s Messiah is a perennial Christmas favourite: a colourful journey of musical highs and lows. However, as in the ending of any great epic, triumph reigns.
But Christmas is principally about our yesteryears, looking back, remembering and hearing those carols that you’ve heard all your lives. Old, new, rearranged, tarted up, reflective and humorous. “Tis the Season.” Let’s sing!
On Good Friday we assume a more sombre cloak of incredible musical faith. Seven Last Words from the Cross by James MacMillan, written for string orchestra and choir, is a dramatic powerhouse of brilliant musical writing. I believe James is the most significant composer of our day. Don’t miss this one!
And finally, Warm Breath of Spring: Folksongs & Spirituals. Last season’s concert was so successful, we had to do it again. There is such an abundance of wonderful literature for this type of programme with musical arrangements from across the globe. So much so that we plan to record this repertoire for Naxos Records.
So there it is — this season’s offerings. As always, our concerts strive to transport listeners in a way that only the sonorities of choral music can achieve. I’m sure that you will be moved by the music as much as the choir and I will be while performing it.
— Noel Edison,
Artistic Director & Conductor
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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 (2007 – 2021), 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