The Voice of Peterborough!

The Peterborough Singers invite you to celebrate another year of the best in choral music! Many wonderful concerts are in store.

Enjoy a festive beginning to the holiday season with Yuletide Cheer. The choir again welcomes the wonderful Venabrass Quintet and organist Ian Sadler, musical guests who make this special time of year joyous. We eagerly anticipate performing these seasonal favourites, new and old!

The choir’s signature Handel’s Messiah will feature Peterborough’s own Shannon McCracken. Joining her will be renowned countertenor Daniel Taylor, singing the contralto part; Benjamin Butterfield (tenor), who was praised by The New York Times as being “clarion-voiced and vibrant”; and Geoffrey Sirett, who has emerged “as one of Canada’s finest young baritones.” The concert would not be complete without the remarkable talent of organist Ian Sadler, who will be joined by Paul Otway (trumpet) and Stan Ewing (timpani).

In February 2019, the Singers will revisit the African American music of the 1950s and 1960s, known colloquially as soul. Soul II: Roots and Rights will look at the emergence of this music from the gospel tradition and trace how soul became the soundtrack of the civil rights movement. The concert will feature award-winning playwright, actor, musician, and composer Beau Dixon–no stranger to Peterborough audiences–and Divine Brown, a Juno Award-winning R&B and soul singer. Both recently appeared in the Canadian debut of Passing Strange, a comedy-drama rock musical.

Last but definitely not least is our “Feast & Fauré” concert. Come and hear the Peterborough debut of one of William Walton’s most celebrated compositions, Belshazzar’s Feast. In 1947, the famous conductor Herbert von Karajan called this cantata “the best choral music that’s been written in the last 50 years.” In contrast to the strong rhythms and rich orchestration of Walton’s piece, which reflect his interest in jazz, are the gentle and comforting melodies of the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, the second work of the concert. Have a listen to Fauré’s “In Paradisum” from the Requiem, and I’m sure you will recall some movie scene related to calm, whether in The Thin Red Line or The Legend of Bagger Vance!

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If you have never experienced a Peterborough Singers’ concert, what are you waiting for? There is something incredibly powerful about 100 voices singing in harmony together, and under the inspired leadership of Artistic Director/Founder Syd Birrell, the choir makes every performance a musical experience beyond compare.

We really hope you’ll be able to join us this year – whether it’s for the entire season or for one special performance – we know you won’t be disappointed! Contact us now at 705.745.1820 or email

If you’re interested in joining the Peterborough Singers, find out how you can audition here.