Amabile Children's Choirs

The Amabile Choirs of London, Canada is a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of bringing together young singers from London and surrounding areas. This family of choirs began in 1985 with the founding of the Amabile Youth Singers and has since grown to seven choirs under the direction of eight conductors. The Junior Amabile Singers followed in 1989, and the Amabile Boys Choirs were established in 1990. The Amabile Chamber Choir, comprising of the oldest tenors and basses from the ABCs, and the oldest singers in the AYS was founded in 1993. Their mandate is to develop the musical talents of our singers and give them high calibre musical experiences while singing a wide range of repertoire. As a further endeavour, The Amabile Choirs of London, Canada will be promoting composers' works under the Amabile Choral Series with John Barron as editor. Over the years, the choirs have entertained audiences in the Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to this, they have presented renowned international talent to the London community by hosting various musical ensembles from the United States, Europe and Japan.

Early Classics & Late Greats - Sing the Music of Stephen Hatfield

Heaven Bound Train
African Celebration
Amazing Grace
La Lluvia
The Sparks Fly Upward
Apple Tree Wassail
Missa Brevis-Kyrie
Missa Brevis-Gloria
Missa Brevis-Sanctus
Missa Brevis-Agnus Dei
Carol of the Ladder
J'ai vu le loup
Three Ways to Vaccuum Your House (II)
Go Where I Send Thee
Once I Had a Sweetheart
The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy

Composer's Notes: The first pieces I wrote for the Amabile Youth Singers, beautifully conducted by John Barron, were the cornerstone of my career. People often ask why they can't get those early classics on one CD. Now you can. Here in one collection are the legendary performances of "Nukapianguaq", "African Celebration", "Heaven Bound Train", "Missa Brevis", "The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy", and more from those astonishing early sessions in 1991-95. Spanning fifteen years of recordings, the CD also features the choir under my direction in superb live performances of new material such as "Geordie" and "The Sparks Fly Upward", plus gorgeous concert versions of "Once I Had A Sweetheart" and the 2nd movement of "Three Ways To Vaccum Your House". I am especially delighted that the CD includes several beloved performances that have never been commercially available before, such as the ferocious live version of "TJAK!", the first, unreleased recording of "La Lluvia" which remains my favourite version of the piece, and a radiant, mystical "Amazing Grace", performed here with oboe instead of bagpipes.

Listen to "Three Ways to Vaccuum Your House (II)" in Real Audio.

8925 CD $15.95

Live & Kicking!

Oolichan - 300 Voices
Ahe Lau Makani - All Trebles
O Yo Yo - Amibile Young Men's Ensemble
Two Minutes Before Sleep - Da Capo
Foggy Birthday Shuffle - Da Capo
Set - Junior Amabile Singers
No Rock - Junior Amabile Singers
Ka Hia Manu - Chamber Choir
Three- part Conniption - Treble Concert Choir
Ain't That News - All Trebles
Acceptance Speech - All Trebles
Nukapianguaq - Primus
All for Me Grog - 300 Voices
Living in a Holy City - 300 Voices
Hard Shoulder - Chamber Choir
Heaven Somewhere - Amibile Young Men's Ensemble
Dubula - 300 Voices

Composer's Notes: The title for this CD refers to the fact that it opens and closes with all 300 members of the Amabile family singing and dancing in killer versions of "Oolichan" and "Dubula". These live performances, which I conducted, show all the Amabile choirs at their most fiery and confident, and include several massed choir selections that give an extra richness to the sound. The massed Amabile trebles give stunning performances of "Ahe Lau Makani", "Ain't That News" and "Acceptance Speech". The Amabile men are at their Olympian peak with "Heaven Somewhere" and "O Yo Yo". "Living In A Holy City" and "All For Me Grog" are sung as only 300 voices can sing them, while the younger choirs in the Amabile family give stand-out versions of "Two Minutes Before Sleep", "Foggy Birthday Shuffle", "Set" and the previously unavailable "Three-Part Conniption". In addition to the fourteen live performances that capture the singers at their high-flying best, the CD includes three treasures from the studio: the Amabile men tear up the speakers with their show-stopping TTBB version of "Nukapianguaq" ; the Chamber Choir gives their definitive performance of "Hard Shoulder", one of my best pieces ; and the Junior Amabile Singers serve up one of the rarest of Hatfield recordings, the reggae-soaked "No Rock". Fans of Amabile and Hatfield will not be disappointed in this collection of treasures from the archives.

8924 CD $15.95

Amabile Boys and Mens Choirs: Soldier's Cry

Soldier's Cry - Majeau/Washington
Waitin for the Dawn Of Peace - Jeffers
The Morning Trumpet - White/Wilberg
The Lord's My Shepherd - Archer
Even When God Is Silent - Horvit
Amazing Grace - Coates Jr.
Oseh Shalom - Beckow
Peace Drum Song - Scmid
Prayer of the Children - Bestor/Klouse
When A Child Lights A Candle - Teffer
I Am But A Small Voice - Whittaker/Coates Jr.
Varjele Jumala Soasta - Tormis
In Flanders Fields - Tilley
For The Fallen - Sammes
Reconciliation - Chatman
In Remembrance - Daley
Ave Maris Stella - Grieg
Libertatum - Papoulis

Songs and stories of war and peace are probably second in quantity only to songs of love. In planning this recording we have tried to find stories of war and peace that resonate profoundly with listeners and that might help us understand the countless loss of innocent soldiers' and civilians' lives throughout history. We offer this recording in honour of the soldiers by telling their stories and acknowledging their sacrifice for the rest of us. All of the Amabile Boys and Men's Choirs are represented on this recording from our youngest Treble Training Choir who combine with our Treble Concert Choir, to our Young Men and our senior choir, Primus, who sing together as the Amabile Young Men's Ensemble.

Listen to "The Morning Trumpet" in Real Audio.

8926 CD $15.95

Amabile Men's Ensemble (Primus): Inner Fire

Lux Arumique - Whitacre
Non Nobis, Domine - Powell
Ave Dulcissima Maria - Lauridsen
Got Ist Mein Hirt - Schubert
Ave Maria Biebl
Steal Away/Nobody Knows - Tippitt
O Vos Omnes - Casals
Sing Me To Heaven - Gawthrop
The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood - Crenshaw
Nukapianguaq Hatfield
A Celtic Triptych - Jeffers
Carrikfergus - Sirett
Soldier's Cry - Majeau
Ramkali - Sperry
Ne Sedi, Djemo - Sametz
Esti Dal - Kodaly

The debut recording of the Primus Amabile Men's Ensemble, a group of 25 senior singers, many of whom have sung with the Amabile Boys Choirs since its inception in 1990. Inner Fire portrays messages or remembrance, thanksgiving and hope, and is a personal accomplishment for each of the 25 young men who comprise the Primus Men's Ensemble. It is, in a sense, a trophy after many years of hard and dedicated work, and represents the culmination of almost two decades of singing and growing up together.

Listen to "Non Nobis, Domine" in Real Audio.

8923 CD $15.95

Garden of Delights

The Snow - Elgar
Song Of The Angels - Sirett
Lullaby - Brahms
No Di Voi Non Vo Fidarmi - Handel
I Thank You God - Walker
Mi'Kmaq Honour Song - Adams
Mary Speaks - Gawthrop
Each Child - Daley
Choose Something Like A Star - Thompson
Noel Des Enfants Qui Non Plus Des Maisons - Debussy
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Ave Maria - Bevan
Serenity - Ives
Cloths Of Heaven - Daley
A Girl's Garden - Thompson
Poi E
Pseudo-Yoik Lite
Paruparong Bukid
Over The Rainbow
Praise His Holy Name - Hampton

Since its founding in 1985, the Amabile Youth Singers of London, Canada has developed the musical talents of hundreds of young singers. This auditioned ensemble features 65 young women ages 12 to 21. No strangers to competitions, founding directors John Barron and Brenda Zadorsky have led them to wins in 11 national and 4 international competitions. "Garden" is a lightly-accompanied, varied collection of 20 songs—some favorites are E. Elgar's "The Snow," J. Brahms' "Lullaby," Handel's "No, divoi non vo fidarmi," D. Gawthrop's "Mary Speaks," E. Daley's lovely "Each Child," R. Thompson's "Choose Something Like a Star," A. Bevan's "Ave Maria," C. Ives' "Serenity," R. Thompson's "A Girl's Garden," J. Mantyjarvi's surprising, eclectic "Pseudo-Yoik Lite" the joyous, soaring "Paruparong Bukid" and Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow." Some of these pieces are dissonant and difficult to perform, but these young women make it sound easy. If you'd like a tasty feast of tunes by one of the best young women's ensembles on the planet, the aptly-named "Garden of Delights" is for you!

8617 CD $15.95

She Shall Have Music

She Shall Have Music
To Be Young - Brunner
A Song From The Heart - Eshelman
Think On Me - Mary Queen Of Scots
The Poet Sings - Stroope
Dirait On - Lauridsen
The Lily And The Rose - Chilcott
Come To Me O My Love - Petker
Sing A Song - Robertson
One Song - Perry
Just A Single Voice - Althouse
Music Is My Life - Butler
He's Gone Away - Trad.
Banks Of Doon - Schultz
No Thank You John - Gray
Joan Of Arc - Huber
Give Us Hope - Papoulis
A-Tisket A-Tasket - Fitzgerald
Someone To Watch Over Me - Gershwin
Lullaby - Joel
Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend - Styne
My Guy - Robinson
Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me) - Conrad

The young women of the Junior Amabile Singers, one of 7 choirs in the Amabile Choirs of London, Canada, are joined in this exploration of the hopes, desires and human experiences of today's young women by the Amabile Da Capo Choir, a training choir for the JAS. Artistic directors Jacquelyn Norman and Wendy Gee conduct them in this rich collection of 23 lightly accompanied songs. Favorites are the title tune, whose lyrics are from the nursery rhyme, "Ride a cock horse to Banbury cross," Darla Eshelman's "A Song from the Heart," Z. Randall Stroope's "The Poet Sings," Bob Chilcott's "The Lily and the Rose," Ed Robertson's "Sing a Song," Eugene Butler's "Music is My Life," Ruth Morris Gray's lilting, humorous "No Thank You, John," Ella Fitzgerald's "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," the Gershwins' "Someone to Watch Over Me," Billy Joel's "Lullabye" and Smokey Robinson's "My Guy." This is a poised, confident collection by one of the finest young women's ensembles in the world, beautiful, entertaining and moving.

8599 CD $15.95

Sing the Music of Stephen Hatfield

Run Children, Run
Vus Vet Zayn
Ower the Hills
Camino Caminante
Three Ways to Vacuum Your House
Queen Jane
When It Was Yet Dark
Once I Had a Sweetheart
Odi Odi
Sweet Tooth
Crimson, Ivory and Aquamarine
La Lluvia
Old Fox Wassail
Ya Faraoule

The Amabile (Ah MAH bee lay) Singers, based in London, Ontario, Canada is an auditioned choir of 50 young women, ages 12 to 23 years. It exists to give its members musical experiences of the highest caliber and to develop musical talents. Its repertoire ranges from Medieval to Broadway. Amabile rose quickly to national and international prominence with competition wins at the CBC Biennial Choral Competition, International Choral Competition, and many others. They have toured Europe several times and performed at Carnegie Hall. The music of Canadian composer Stephen Hatfield is surprising and wonderful, and it has never sounded better. 17 songs, the energetic spiritual "Run Children Run," the dramatic "Vus Vet Zayn," the lovely "Camino Caminante," the powerful 3-part a cappella gem, "Three Ways to Vacuum Your House," the sweet, plaintive "Queen Jane," the haunting "When It Was Dark," the plaintive "Once I Had a Sweetheart," the finger-snapping "Sweet Tooth," "Crimson, Ivory and Aquamarine" and "La Lluvia" (with percussion by Hatfield and others), the short, harmonic "Old Fox Wassail," the complex, dramatic, accompanied "Ya Faraoule" and the rhythmic, primitive "TJAK!" are favorites. This is edgy, interesting, entertaining stuff that definitely pushes the Choral envelope.

8725 CD $15.95

Family Tree

For Elizabeth: Gold, Frank Innocence And Mirth
Take A Step
Family Tree
O -Yo - Yo
Let Me Ask You
O Sapo
A Maid That's Deep In Love
Las Amarillas
Dwa Serduszka
Double Lotus
Christmas Cantata - When The Night Is Sweet With Starlight

London, Ontario, Canada boasts seven children's choirs, and the Youth Singers, founded in 1985, is an auditioned choir of 50 young women ages 12 to 24. John Barron directs this sweet-singing choir in the music of Canadian composter Stephen Hatfield, who were the first choir to commission him, and their early recordings of his work were very important in establishing his reputation. There are 25 cuts here, favorites are "Uberlebensgross," the title tune,"O-Yo-Yo," "Let Me Ask You," the rhythmic "O Sapo," the haunting "A Maid That's Deep In Love" and "Dwa Serduszka." Cuts 13 to 25 are Hatfield's sublime "Christmas Cantata." There's considerable non-vocal percussion, and some flute, bass and acoustic guitar and handbells on the album. The beautiful, soaring blended voices are perfect for Hatfield's excellent compositions. A very special collection by one of the best youth choirs in the world.

7691 CD $15.98

Hatfield - All Good People

Don't Bend Down
Missa Brevis-
-Agnus Dei
Ohisashi Buri
Ezekiel Saw The Wheel
Un Flambeau, Jeannette Isabelle
When The Stars Fall
Ka hia manu
Son de Camaguey
All For Me Grog
All Too Soon
Double Shot (Honey in the Rock)
Jesus Met The Woman At The Well
Living In A Holy City
God-Bless Wassail

Award-winning conductor Stephen Hatfield's London, Canada-based Amabile Boys Choirs have entertained audiences throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Australia, receiving numerous awards including 10 first places at the prestigious CBC Choral Competition. The ABC's refreshingly varied song selection and clean, spirited harmonies are in ample evidence on "All Good People," beginning from the first exuberant cut, the Reggae tune "Don't Bend Down." 18 other gems follow: the 4-part "Missa Brevis," the Japanese work song "Ohisashi buri" (It's been a long time), the spiritual "Ezekiel Saw The Wheel," the lovely "When The Stars Fall," the salsa-flavored "Son de Camaguey," the raucous sea shanty "All For Me Grog," the heart-tugging "All Too Soon," "Double Shot," the spirited "Jesus Met the Woman at the Well," and the South African tune "Dubula." Each song surprises us with the energy and joy of singing of these talented boys. We have heard some of these songs before, but Amabile makes each one their own, the definitive version. "All Good People" is a treat, and winning CD #4 for Amabile!

7691 CD $15.98

Wrapped in Song

Dona Nobis Pacem I - Chilcott
O Magnum Mysterium - Lauridsen
Dona Nobis Pacem II - Chilcott
My Master From A Garden Rose - Eleanor Daley
Flanders Fields - Paul Aitken
Le Temps De Vivre - Georges Moustaki
Dona Nobis Pacem III - Chilcott
El Hambo - Jaakko Mantyjarvi
Rattle On The Stovepipe
iod Mar Chaidh an Cal a Dholaidh
The Banks On The Don
Song Of The Breton Fishermen
Un Canadien Errant
Dona Nobis Pacem IV - Chilcott
O Magnum Mysterium - Thomas Luis de Victoria
Sing Me To Heaven - Daniel Gawthrop
Sing Lullaby
Gloria In Exelcis Deo - Eleanor Daley
Precious Lord
The Rain Is Over And Gone
Worthy To Be Praised - Byron Smith
And So It Goes - Billy Joel
Dona Nobis Pacem V - Chilcott

The ACC is is a mixed-voice ensemble of 50 senior members of the seven London, Ontario, Canada children's choirs. 24 beautiful pieces, including Bob Chilcott's "Dona Nobis Pacem," versions I-IV, a pair of "O Magnum Mysteriums," one by Lauridsen and one by Thomas Luis de Victoria., Eleanor Daley's "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" and "My Master from a Garden Rose," and three with guest soloist Denise Pelley, "The Rain is Over and Gone," "Worthy to Be Praised" and "I Go to the Rock." Secular tunes "Flanders Fields," "The Banks of the Don," "Song of the Breton Fishermen," "Un Canadian errant" and Billy Joel's "And So It Goes" are also very special. Some piano accompaniment. We enjoyed every cut of this beautifully crafted collection from talented Amabile!

8309 CD $15.98

New Horizons

Exultate Justi
Psalm 91
We Will Sing for Joy
Spaseniye Sodelal
The last Words of David
Heaven Somewhere
The Stars are With the Voyager
In Flanders Fields
Crossing the Bar
The Chemical Workers' Song
Loch Lomond
What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor
Manx Lullaby
Mita Kaikatat, Kivonen?
Pilgrims' Chorus
She is My Slender Small Love
O My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
Look to the Rainbow
Send in the Clowns

"New Horizons" is the 3rd excellent CD by London, Ontario's Amabile Boys Choirs, which currently enrolls 100 boys. Beginning choristers sing in Da Capo, the children's choir, advanced trebles in the Treble Concert Choir, and boys with changed voices in the Tenor/Bass Ensemble. 24 sacred and secular songs, from J. Scott Brubacher's "Psalm 91," written for Amabile,and Pavel Chesnokov's "Spaseniye sodelal" to Robert Shaw & Alice Parker's arrangement of "What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor" and "The Chemical Worker's Song." R. Thompson's dramatic "The Last Words of David," Steven Hatfield's rousing spiritual "Heaven Somewhere," Alexander Tilley's poignant "In Flanders Fields," the Newfoundland folk song "A Great Big Sea," Michael McGlynn's "Dulaman," Richard Wagner's "Pilgrim's Chorus," Mia Makaroff's lilting "Mita Kaikatat, Kivonen," the Scottish Folk Song "O My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose," Stephen Sondheim's bluenote "Send in the Clowns," and Bach's "Aria" (from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major"…these are wonderful selections, sung with Amabile's trademark bright, clean, spirited harmonies. There is accompaniment on some cuts. It adds up to another generous winner from one of Canada's finest boy's choirs.

7692 CD $15.98

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