Originally formed as the Peterborough Symphony Singers in 1990, the Peterborough Singers (PS) became a stand-alone entity in 1993.
The highly regarded choir boasts upwards of 100 members under the direction of Sydney Birrell. World-class, professional Canadian soloists enjoy performing with the choir time and again. The Peterborough Singers celebrates its 25th anniversary season in 2017-2018.
Within a radius of 160 km, the Peterborough Singers is the only choral organization to have introduced the arts community to figures such as Daniel Taylor, Gary Relyea, Mark Dubois, Sally Dibblee, Measha Brueggergosman, Brett Polegato, Curtis Sullivan, and violinist, Martin Beaver. Guest conductors to the PS have included Srul Irving Glick, Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, Lee Willingham, Elmer Iseler, Eleanor Daley, Robert Cooper, and Paul Halley.
Supporting Canadian Composers
The Peterborough Singers regularly commissions works by Canadian composers. Among those who have composed works for the choir are Serouj Kradjian, Len Ballantine, Stephen Chatman, Paul Halley, and Mark Sirett.
Music Education and Other Community Service Ventures
The Peterborough Singers has often provided local students with the opportunity to attend educational performances and workshops featuring the talent of the choir and of our guest artists. The choir also offers regular sight-singing classes for current choristers as well as for interested community members.
A Word from Our Chair
What does it take to create a truly exceptional choral experience?
It takes a cadre of talented and committed singers. It takes an artistic director who can push this group to the limits of excellence. It takes world-class soloists and top-tier musicians. It takes a team of dedicated volunteers and staff. And it takes an audience that understands and appreciates how special this experience is.
The Peterborough Singers have all of this, and more. Our Artistic Director, Syd Birrell, founded this choir 26 years ago. He continues to mould a collection of over 100 choristers, all of them auditioned and skilled singers, into a unified explosion of sound. Many of Canada’s top classical soloists have performed with our group – some even started their professional careers with us.
And our audiences continue to show their love for us, both with glowing testimonials and by attendance at our concerts. (It is remarkable, for a community our size, to have 500 –1000 regularly attending
our performances. This would be equivalent to an audience of 10,000 –20,000 in Toronto.)
It is a great honour to be associated with the Peterborough Singers, and I thank you for being a part of this experience.
Carey J Gibson, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Chair, Peterborough Singers Board of Directors