Halifax Camerata Singers’ Halifax Explosion Commemorative Show Goes to Edmonton

 The ECMA-nominated Halifax Camerata Singers (HCS) with special guests, Rhapsody Quintet and actor Jeremy Webb are taking Halifax 1917: From Dreams to Despair to the first Edmonton International Choral Festival, June 1-4, as invited guests of Pro Coro Canada. This original production commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion was first performed before sell-out audience at Halifax Central Library two months ago. Utilizing “letters” imagining correspondence between a young soldier overseas, and his family and friends back in Halifax, the concert portrays a bustling wartime Halifax with marching suffragettes, vaudeville houses and concerts in the Public Gardens. Poignant compositions, including commissioned works by Paul Halley and Chris Palmer, give a contemporary take on some events of the era. Some comments from audience members at the March premiere: “what incredible work and a privilege to attend,” “best concert I’ve ever been to,” “brilliant concept and a magnificent production,” “beautiful music, singing, narrative, projections – bravo to all!,” “I was truly moved.”

Camerata’s performance is on Friday, June 2 at 8:00 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Cathedral in Edmonton. Other performers throughout the Festival are the host choir, Pro Coro Canada, and Sweden’s Voces Nordicae as well as a massed gala choir. Artistic Director Jeff Joudrey commented “We wanted to tell a Nova Scotian story in Edmonton, and were delighted when the Artistic Director of Pro Coro Canada, Michael Zaugg, accepted our suggestion of taking the Explosion show to a Western audience. We are also so excited to perform with Pro Coro and Sweden’s Voces Nordicae and to work with master choral conductor, Robert Sund.”

The concert concludes with a work commissioned for the choir and Quintet by Halifax composer Christopher Palmer, utilizing a text by former Alexander MacKay School principal, DM Matheson. Palmer discovered the poem in the rare books section of the Halifax Public Library, and is travelling to Edmonton for the Festival.

Halifax 1917: from Dreams to Despair has been updated to include Camerata’s newest commissioned work, I Lost My Talk, with text by the late Mi’kmaq poet, Rita Joe, commissioned from Canadian choral composer, Jeff Enns.

Also travelling to Edmonton are Halifax’s award-winning Rhapsody Quintet (Jennifer Jones, violin; Shimon Walt, cello; David Langstroth, bass; Eileen Walsh, clarinet and Diana Torbert, piano) and Halifax’s favorite actor/director/producer Jeremy Webb. For more information on Rhapsody Quintet, please visit www.rhapsodyquintet.com and on Jeremy Webb: www.easternfronttheatre.com.

Gold for Cantatrice at Nationals

HRSB Choir, the Cantatrice Ensemble received Gold at Musicfest Canada, a National Music Competition in Niagara Falls Ontario. The choir, part of Dartmouth All-City Music, is conducted by Karen Newhook-MacDonald and accompanied by Pamela Burton, music teachers with the HRSB.

Nova Scotia Youth Singers Selected for World, National and Provincial Youth Choirs

Congratulations to singers selected for the World Youth Choir, National Youth Choir and Nova Scotia Youth Choir!





World Youth Choir 2017

Elyse Delaney, Halifax




National Youth Choir 2017 – Canada 150

Laycie Sutherland, Plymouth
Shanice Skinner, New Glasgow
Rhian Merritt, Halifax
Thomas Burton, Wolfville
Gavin Fraser, Antigonish





Nova Scotia Youth Choir 2017

Katherine Anderson, Halifax
Charlotte Burke, Hammonds plains
Catherine Campbell, Dartmouth
Sarah Dika, Canning
Georgia Edwards, Windsor Junction
Madelaine Hanley, Halifax
Rhian Merritt, Fox Hollow
Casey-Anne Power, Truro
Davina Anusha  Sureswaran, Wolfville
Areta Boone, Westville
Tara Cashen, Truro
Alex Hutchings, Halifax
Morgandy Levy, Wolfville
Clare Maguire, Bible Hill
Avery Opalka, Halifax
Sarah Tarves, Hammonds Plains
Cecelia White, Valley

Bruno Callahan-Cross, Halifax
Cian MacCarron , Truro
Gregory Jackson, Truro
Tynan Moore, Coldbrook
Robert Pecknold, Halifax
Luke MacIsaac   New Glasgow
Luke MacLean, Halifax

Antoinette O’Keefe, Halifax
Meagan Adams, Halifax
Caitie Ahern, Dartmouth
Molly Anderson, Tantallon
Genevieve Cunningham, Stillwater Lake
Meg Currie, Halifax
Rachael Gay, Halifax
Taylor Oake, Dartmouth
Emily Pratt, Halifax
Laura Scaravelli, Halifax
Anisa Sobhani, Dartmouth
Kaitlyn Comeau, Halifax
Jessie Cullum, Bedford
Lauryn MacDonald, Middle Sackville
Maiti Mcgrath, Bedford
Holly Scott-Black, Halifax
Laycie Sutherland , Plymouth
Sarah Workman, Halifax

Brendan Kay, Halifax
Brandon Zuniga, Halifax
Jeremy Foot, Halifax
Jesse Hemmings, Merigomish
Spencer Sweet, Port Williams

Wanted: Choir to Perform @ the Bluenose Marathon






Every year CBC Nova Scotia is one of the sponsors of the Blue Nose Marathon. One of the things that we do is arrange to have some music on the route, as the runners are starting out. The participants tell us it means a lot and is inspiring to have a group singing to send them on their way. We look for a high energy ensemble. The choir would be needed for just a couple of hours at the most. It’s just a 5 k run/walk so it would be to cheer participants on as they head out and as they return. The choir will be mentioned on our Social Media platforms. They will also be part of our weekend wrap-up video. If they wish to have a sign stating who they are, they are welcome to do so. We can provide t-shirts unless they prefer to wear their own uniform/outfits. This is a voluntary performance although we can offer an honorarium of $250.

The event is Saturday, May 20. The run begins at 2pm so the meeting time would be 1.30 pm to be in place.

The location is the corner of South Park and Bell Road (near the Garrison Grounds, across from the old CBC Building)

We would like to have a choir lined up as soon as possible. For more information or to sign up contact:
Kelley Edwards
Senior Communications Officer, CBC Maritimes/Newfoundland and Labrador
6940 Mumford Road
Suite 100
Halifax, NS
B3L 0B7

902 420 4306