Handel’s Messiah

Monday, December 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Emmanuel United Church East, Peterborough

Featuring: Daniel Taylor, countertenor | Soloists from University of Toronto, Historical Performance Focus Program| Ian Sadler, organ | Paul Otway, trumpet | Stan Ewing, timpani

Apparently, writing a masterpiece like the Messiah in 24 days was not an unusual feat for Handel. He wrote an entire opera in one week after he finished his most famous oratorio! He inscribed SDG (Soli Deo gloria—To God alone the glory) at the end of his musical depiction of the birth, suffering, and resurrection of Jesus, perhaps acknowledging his inspiration. Get inspired yourself! Come and experience once again, or for the very first time, the wonder of this sublime music, performed by the Peterborough Singers with Ian Sadler at the mighty Casavant organ, along with trumpets, timpani, and talented and promising soloists from the University of Toronto’s Historical Performance program.

Be lifted up and thrilled, as Handel’s first audience was almost 300 years ago in Dublin, Ireland.

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A Sony Classical artist, Daniel Taylor is sought after for his portrayals on the opera and concert stage, on CD/DVD, and in film. Appearing on more than 120 recordings, his projects have been recognized by a Grammy Award as well as with the Juno, OPUS, and ADISQ prizes. Daniel has appeared with a number of opera companies including Glyndebourne, Rome Opera, Welsh National, Canadian Opera, Opera North and at the New York Metropolitan Opera. He has joined leading orchestras including the San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, London, Lisbon, the New York Philharmonic, Gothenburg, and Scottish National. Daniel has performed for Canadian Prime Ministers, the Queen of England, King and Queen of Sweden, and King and Queen of Spain. He recently sang at the investiture ceremony of the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency The Right Honourable Julie Payette, at the Senate’s Red Chamber for an estimated audience of five million. Daniel’s devotion to sacred music has been recognized by the award of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Daniel has appeared with the Dalai Lama, Salman Rushdie, Ryuiichi Sakamoto, as well as actors Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons, Malcolm McDowell and Chris Noth.

Daniel Taylor is the Head of Historical Performance at the University of Toronto, and was recently named Head Vocal Consultant and Chorus Master at the Opera Atelier. He is praised for his clarity in instruction and deep dedication to his students.



University Toronto’s Faculty of Music has a long tradition of excellence in historical performance. The internationally renowned Tafelmusik, the medieval-renaissance ensemble The Toronto Consort, and the baroque Opera Atelier work with and developed out of relationships with UofT faculty and alumni that are ongoing.

More recently, the Early Music program has established the Schola Cantorum ensemble, where students regularly partner with members of other professional ensembles such as Tafelmusik and the visiting vocal-instrumental Theatre of Early Music. Both the Schola Cantorum and the Theatre of Early Music are directed by Daniel Taylor. Twelve of his carefully chosen graduate students will sing the solo roles at the upcoming Peterborough Singers’ Messiah concert.


Ian Sadler began his musical training as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England. He then won a music scholarship to The King’s School, Canterbury, followed by an organ scholarship to Bristol University. During postgraduate study at London University, Ian held the Organ Scholarship at St. Paul’s Cathedral from 1978-80. Ian holds degrees in musicology and education, with organ diplomas from Trinity College of Music, London, and The Royal College of Organists. Before Ian moved to Canada, his final engagement in the UK was to play the organ in the movie, Chariots of Fire.

Ian moved to Canada in 1980 following his appointments in Toronto as Director of Music at Grace Church-on-the-Hill and Choral Director at Upper Canada College. In 1986, the year that he became a Canadian citizen, he won 1st prize at the Syracuse International Organ Playing Competition in the USA. As a Canadian recitalist, Ian has toured extensively. Tours have taken him to  Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France (Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris), Austria (Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral), Australia (Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide, and Melbourne), the USA (New York, Boston, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, San Francisco, and Hawaii), and back to the UK (Winchester Cathedral, Truro Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, York Minster, St. Giles – Edinburgh, Coventry Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, King’s College Cambridge, and St. Paul’s Cathedral). In 2000, Ian was presented with a Juno award for a choral CD by his Burlington chamber choir, Pro Musica. Ian has been involved with the launching of the organs at three major concert halls in Canada.  He was invited to perform a programme of British music in the inaugural series of organ recitals at Jack Singer Hall, Calgary. He played the first recital in the inaugural series at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall and performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in a programme entitled “A Night At The Movies” to inaugurate the organ at the Winspeare Centre.

For his dedication to promoting the organ and Canadian music, both at home and abroad, The Royal Canadian College of Organists honoured Ian in 2007 with its highest award: “Fellowship of The Royal Canadian College of Organists.”

In 2016, Ian was appointed Organist of St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto. Ian is also conductor of The Stratford Concert Choir, a position he has held since 1989. He is also conductor of The Cathedral Singers of Ontario, a choir which he founded in 1999. In December 2017, this choir sang for a week of services at Chichester Cathedral in England, and In August 2018, they were choir-in-residence at Ely Cathedral.



Paul Otway is a freelance trumpet player in Southern Ontario. He works with several orchestras including the Windsor Symphony, the Ontario Philharmonic, the Toronto Concert Orchestra, the Talisker Players, the Niagara Symphony, and the Peterborough Symphony. Paul has also performed with the Canadian Opera Company, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, and Orchestra London.

Paul has played in numerous Mirvish productions including Strictly Ballroom, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, and Les Misérables, as well as in Dancap Productions including My Fair Lady, Anne of Green Gables, South Pacific, and West Side Story. He has also performed in several productions at the Shaw Festival. Paul has been a part of over 40 professional productions, including ballets, operas, and musicals. He was also involved in the world premiere engagement of Sousatzka. Freelance work has allowed him to play with many well-known artists including Diana Krall, Boy George, Josh Groban, Marvin Hamlisch, and Idina Menzel.

Paul’s playing has been recorded on several CDs and broadcast on CBC Radio with a variety of ensembles. Paul can be seen in the movie Fever Pitch (look for the trumpet player!). He has performed for live audiences in 36 states and 7 provinces.



Stan Ewing was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and showed an interest in music at an early age. Upon emigrating to Canada, he became the Bandmaster of the Danforth Citadel Band in Toronto, before moving to Peterborough in 1978. Stan was a member of the Salvation Army Staff Band for 16 years, serving with distinction in the percussion section. The Staff Band travelled on conducted tours of the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and the United States, as well to many parts of Canada.

Stan has been involved with the Salvation Army Summer Music Camp programme and has been Bandmaster of the Peterborough Temple Band since 1985. Stan is also in demand to play with local community and theatre groups.