In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Founded in 1978, the Toronto Children's Chorus is Canada's premier treble choir. Having performed around the world and having won numerous choral competitions, the Chorus's musical education model is copied around the world.
The Toronto Children's Chorus consists of six choirs: five Training Choirs and the Main Choir. Within the Main Choir are the Cantare, Chorale, Chamber, and Choral Scholars. As choristers become more and more accomplished, they graduate to higher levels within the choir structure. The highest level a chorister can achieve is to be a member of the Choral Scholars.
The Chorus is a world class treble choir. The Toronto Children's Chorus has performed on numerous professional classical recordings and has been invited as guest artist in acclaimed concerts around the world.
The Toronto Children's Chorus fills the ever widening gap in music education in Canada. As more and more programs are being cut, the Chorus offers children artistic excellence and character building experiences and leadership opportunities.
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Review: The 100+-strong Toronto Children's Chorus, directed by Founder Jean Ashworth Bartle, and lightly accompanied on organ by Ruth W. Henderson, present a program of sacred 20th century Christian Christmas music: 'Winter' by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 'Brother Heinrich's Christmas' by John Rutter, 'Salvator Mundi' by William Mathias, and the title piece by Benjamin Britten. The TCC handles this often difficult, complex, beautiful music with ease and grace. Guest singers are Lois Marshall, Elmer Iseler Singers and MacMillan Singers, and some accompaniment is by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Lovely, extensive liner notes with all lyrics and details about the composers and the Chorus. A gift of exquisite music for Christmas.
Songlist: "Winter" (Folksongs of the Four Seasons), Brother Heinrich's Christmas (A Fable with Music), Salvator Mundi Christmas Carol Sequence), A Boy Was Born
Review: This CD is a compilation of the most popular Christmas selections from the Toronto Children's Chorus previous Marquis recordings, Dancing Day and Mostly Britten, along with several never before released performances of favourite carols. Both John Rutter's 'Dancing Day' and Benjamin Britten's 'A Ceremony of Carols' - the two major works on this CD - are popular favourites.
Songlist: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen, The Huron Carol, D'ou viens-tu bergere, Dancing Day, Prelude, Angelus ad virginem, A virgin most pure with, Personent hodie, Interlude, There is no rose, Coventry carol, Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, I Saw Three Ships, Stille Nacht, Noel nouvelet, A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, Procession, Wolcum Yole!, There is no Rose, That yonge child, Balulalow, As dewe in Aprille, This little Babe, In Freezing Winter Night, Spring Carol, Adam lay ibounden, Recession, Cantata No. 142, Alleluia
Review: The TCC has performed an extensive and varied repertoire in prestigious venues throughout North America and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Royal Albert Hall, and is directed by its founder, Jean Ashworth Bartle. 15 songs, lightly accompanied by piano, organ, harp and flute. A couple of our favorites begin the program, J.S. Bach's lovely 'Wir eilen mit schwachen' and 'Suscepit Israel.' Sir Edward Elgar's soaring 'The Snow,' Sir David Willcocks' 'Psalm Trilogy,' Claude Debussy's 'Salut Printemps' and Stephen Hatfield's a cappella 'Queen Jane' are also favorites. The voices of the Choir are unbelievably fine, and the material excellent. Another winner for the TCC!
Songlist: Wir eilen mit schwachen, Suscepit Israel, The Snow, Three Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Psalm Trilogy, Benedictus, Salut Printemps, City Called Heaven, Stephen Hatfield: , The Birds, Song for Canada
Review: Share in a world of distinctive rhythms and incomparable harmonies which Canadians call their own at Christmas! Uniting the festive season traditions of the world's peoples in a program first presented for Governor General Ramon Hnatyshyn, Adeste Fideles makes a musical pilgrimage through Europe with guests baritones Louis and Gino Quilico and members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Songlist: La Cloche De Noel, Un Flambeau , Cantique De Noel , Trio Des Ismaelites , Pat-a-Pan , Fum-Fum-Fum, Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, Variations On Adeste Fideles , Gesu Bambino , Schafe Konnen Sicher Weiden , Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprunden, Maria Wiegenlied , Ave Maria , Stille Nacht , O Tannenbaum , Carol Of The Bells, The Sleigh
Review: The sound of the children's voices raised in song is a touchstone of the holidays. Add to the mix the internationally renowned tenor Ben Heppner and members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and you have a recipe for a truly special Christmas disc! The Chorus invokes a magical quality to Christmas music past and present, ranging from traditional favourites to a contemporary holiday fable sure to charm even Scrooge!
Songlist: Star Carol, The Kings, Sussex Carol, See Amid The Winter's Snow, Jesus Child, Song Of The Crib, Wexford Carol, The Garden Of Jesus, Good King Wenecelas, Hey Now, Mid-Winter, Farewell!!! Advent, Shepard's Pipe Carol, Jesus Christ The Apple Tree, The Last Straw - A Christmas Fable
Review: This is a live recording from the 60-voice Toronto Children's Chorus' tour of Australia and New Zealand in August, 1999. 25 mostly (Christian) spiritually-oriented songs, directed by Jean Ashworth Bartle and accompanied by Ruth Henderson. 'Come, Ye Makers of Song' captures all the excitement, energy and spirit of these incredible live concert performances!
Songlist: Come, Ye Makers of Song, Freedom Trilogy, Dixit Dominus, Psalm Trilogy, Stabat Mater, Agnus Dei, Laudate Pueri, Lift Thine Eyes, Ave Maria, Prayer of St. Francis, Petites Voix, Glory to Thee, My God This Night
Review: Jean Ashworth Bartle founded the TCC in 1978, and has been happily developing it into one of the world's great choral ensembles for children. This accompanied (sometimes by piano, massive church organ and other instruments) collection of 19 songs of Christian faith and joy includes such gems as Johann Haydn's 'St. Leopold Mass,' Debussy's 'Noel des enfants,' Johannes Brahms' 'Ave Maria,' Srul Irving Glicks' 3-part 'Psalm Trilogy,' Kodaly's 'Evening Song' and the final cut, Paul Halley's soaring 'Freedom Trilogy.' This spirited children's chorus reminds us of angels singing these beautiful, inspirational songs - truly lovely!
Songlist: Dixit Dominus , St. Leopold Mass, Cantique De Jean Racine, Noel Des Enfants, Ave Maria , Pie Jesu, Psalm Trilogy, Psalm Of Praise , Evening Song , Freedom Trilogy
Review: 'My Heart Soars,' the title coming from a poem by Chief Dan George, is a celebration of Canada, from coast to coast. All 19 songs are from Canadian pens, and each speaks of a different time, of laughter, love, triumph and tragedy in Canadian history. The 58-voice Toronto Children's Chorus , directed by Jean Ashworth Bartle, has won awards and established a first-class reputation in its 18-year history. Accompanied by Ruth Henderson on piano, Richard Dorsey on oboe, Virginia Markson on flute, as well as selected members from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Extensive liner notes in English and French, with the words and history of the songs. Fascinating!
Songlist: I'se the B'y, The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle, Song for the Mira, Cape Breton Lullaby, Away From The Roll of the Sea, Four Songs of Early Canada, Moments in Time, Keewaydin, The Blue Eye of God, Pie Jesu, My Heart Soars, Cantante Comino
Review: The repertoire of the Toronto Children's Chorus ranges from sacred music of the Renaissance to contemporary works from many cultures. In addition they have maintained a 20-year tradition of presenting the treble works of Canada's finest composers to the world. 'Songs of the Lights' is live recordings from the Chorus' 1999 tour of Australia and New Zealand, and features songs from folk, jazz and popular music genres. Most songs are piano accompanied by Ruth W. Henderson. There are 20 cuts here, our favorites being the 4 tunes from Imant Raminsh's 'Songs of the Lights,' 'African Celebration,' the six songs from Patriquin's 'World Suite One,' accompanist Henderson's 'Don't Ever Squeeze A Weasel,' 'George Gershwin Medley,' and Leonard Bernstein's 'Somewhere.' Excellent!
Songlist: On suuri sun rantas autius, Songs of the Lights, Micma'q Honour Song, African celebration, City Called Heaven, Go Down Moses, World Suite One, Don't Ever Squeeze a Weasel, Sing Me a Song, We Rise Again, George Gershwin Medley, Somewhere