The Woodstock Choralaires describe themselves as “The Ambassadors of Song”, and bring an inspiring concert, “Songs of Love and Land”, to St. Marys United Church on Sunday June 9th at 2pm.
The 65 strong semi-professional mixed choir, has been established in Woodstock since 1966, and sing not only for the love of it, but also to promote excellence in choral music, both sacred and secular.
Well known in their local town of Woodstock, their performances also help other communities with fund-raising projects.
The Choralaires have toured extensively abroad, and St. Marys will be the last stop for the touring choir of over 40 members, before embarking this summer on their 10th European tour in Southern England, the Channel Islands and France, sometimes joining with local choirs. Especially poignant will be their cameo performance at Canada’s Second World War Museum, the Canadian Juno Beach Centre, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, where 14,000 Canadian troops landed on the Normandy coast in the final year of World War II. They will also sing at the Vimy Ridge monument. Further concerts are arranged in several French churches before some sight-seeing time in Paris.
The Choir Director, Geoffrey Warder, has worked with the Amabile Choir of London, the Elmer Iseler singers and Orchestra London, and is also a composer, recording engineer, teacher and organist. He has produced a
program which strongly celebrates the Canadian spirit with the love of home, and the importance of Remembrance and Freedom. As well as representing music from the allied countries, England, France, the United States and Canada, the concert promises a dynamic mix, including sacred music, folk song and Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom”, and especially features modern Canadian composers such as Paul Halley, “Stompin” Tom Connors and Leonard Cohen. Songs from the 30’s and 40’s, popular in wartime, end the program, which will leave you with your foot tapping and your heart singing.
With piano accompaniment from Susan Barta, this will be a lively and heart-warming afternoon, celebrating everything that brings people together in times of peace, and remembering the courage of people in times of war.
The hosts of the event, St.James Anglican Church and St.Marys United Church are excited to bring this excellent choir to the Town. Proceeds will be shared between the two churches and the Choralaires.
Meet the Choir and enjoy refreshments afterwards.
Tickets: $20. Student $10. Available at Lyric Flowers, and The Flower Shop and More on Queen St. East, and St.Marys Farmers market, or at the door.
Performance: St.Marys United Church, Sunday, June 9th, 2pm