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 December 2008 - Nr. 12
Merry Christmas and the best of Seasons from Echo Germanica

Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 2PM

Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets: $44.50 - $34.50

Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

Toronto – The award-winning Toronto Children’s Chorus returns to Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday, December 20 at 2PM to present its annual Christmas concert, a long-standing cherished Toronto tradition. Artistic Director Elise Bradley leads more than 300 choristers – ages 6 to 17 – in an enchanting selection of timeless and contemporary seasonal classics with special guests the TCC Alumni Choir, True North Brass and percussionists John Rudolph and David Kent (both from the TSO). The program includes the Canadian premiere of Sir Christemas by Florida-based composer David Brunner, the North American premiere of Christmas Come In by New Zealand composer David Hamilton, Magnificat by Toronto composer Eleanor Daley, Sir Christëmas by British-Canadian composer Derek Holman, and many sing-along carols and holiday favourites.

The Toronto Children’s Chorus Alumni Choir sings carols in the lobby before the concert under the direction of Dr. Karen Grylls, visiting professor of Choral Conducting from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

The Toronto Children’s Chorus, one of the world’s leading children’s choral ensembles, was founded in 1978 by Jean Ashworth Bartle who retired as its Music Director in June 2007. Each year, over 300 children are given unique opportunities to perform in local, regional, national and international venues. Performances have included triumphant debuts at Carnegie Hall (1994), the Kennedy Center (1995), Sydney Opera House (1999), Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center (2001), and London’s Royal Albert Hall (2002). The choir has won numerous first-place awards, including the Welsh International Musical Eisteddfod, the Let the Peoples Sing Euroradio Choral Competition, and is a six-time winner as Canada’s leading children’s choir in CBC Radio’s National Competition for Amateur Choirs. The choir's repertoire embraces an extensive range of musical genres including more than 20 new Canadian works it has commissioned. It has performed under such noted conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, the late Elmer Iseler, Helmuth Rilling, Bramwell Tovey and Sir David Willcocks and can be heard on more than a dozen CDs, including an EMI Canada recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Elise Bradley was appointed Artistic Director of the Toronto Children’s Choir in 2007. She was previously Head of Music at Westlake Girls’ High School in Auckland, New Zealand where she directed the renowned Key Cygnetures Choir. Under her direction, the choir won the City of Vienna Prize at the Internationales Jugendmusicfest in 2005 against choirs from around the world, and in 2006 won the Supreme Award in New Zealand at the Secondary Schools’ Music Festival. Ms. Bradley was also the Musical Director of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, which was named a Champion Choir at the World Choir Games in Xiamen, China in 2006.

This performance is co-presented by Roy Thomson Hall and Toronto Children’s Chorus.

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