Yuletide Cheer

Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Emmanuel United Church, Peterborough


Featuring:  Venabrass | Ian Sadler, organ

There is no better way to welcome the festive season than with the rich sound of a hundred-voice choir, the five virtuosic brass players of Venabrass, and Ian Sadler on pipe organ. Bring your family and friends and join us as we sing cherished traditional and contemporary carols – and other seasonal songs.

A beautiful way to bring sparkle to your holiday season!




Venabrass is a group of musicians all from the same family. The Venables family has been gifted, not only with having an excellent and flexible prefix as part of the family name but also with the privilege of having access to good musical training and a rich musical tradition to build on. Music runs in the family, so to speak, and every family member has shown a high degree of aptitude with all kinds of brass instruments, even from an early age. What better way to put that talent to use than to make music – not as individuals but as a group! The Venabrass love to play together at all kinds of events, including Christmas kettles in cities from Toronto to Vancouver, and even in Portland, Oregon. They have also had the honour of being included in two recent Christmas recording projects for the Salvation Army in the Ontario Central East Division. Needless to say, the Salvation Army is a fundamental part of the Venabrass member’s lives, and the majority of their work is for the cause of the SA. The Venabrass have been active members of the North York Temple Corps for many years, and are members of the band, songsters, singing company, and YP band. They are also involved in many other SA activities, including a Monday-night ball hockey ministry. They always make an effort to serve God first and foremost through their music and to strive towards the highest degree of excellence in that service.


IanSadler2013Ian 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 the 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 moving 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, he has since toured 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.

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 The Cathedral Church of St. James 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 2016, this choir sang for a week of services at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England. In July 2017, The Cathedral Singers of Ontario were choir-in-residence for a week at Lincoln Cathedral.