Plans for the Singers’ 2020-2021 Season

A word from the Artistic Director:

Fingers crossed, here is our tentative program for the 2020/21. Our first two concerts could possibly be modified to meet the limitations we face.  We know that both choir and audience crave the experience of live choral music. We must be safe, and follow our government’s guidelines. We will keep you informed as to our plans as we move forward. Many wonderful memories of music making in the past keep us hopeful that we can safely meet once again. May it be soon!


Yuletide Cheer (Saturday, November 28, 2020)

As the longest night of the year approaches and the darkness of winter sets in, many cultural

traditions create their own light. The yule log is burned, candles are lit, starlight is heralded, strings of bulbs are hung inside and out, colour and festivities warm our hearts and hands. With the joyous and celebratory sounds of the Peterborough Singers, Syd Birrell at the organ, our long time friends the Venabrass, and the expectant gathering of audience members old and new, we bring the light of the season into the darkness of the year.


Venabrass Quintet, Syd Birrell (organ), and Stan Ewing (timpani)


Handel’s Messiah (Monday, December 14, 2020)

The Messiah was originally performed in Dublin, Ireland, in April 1742. It was originally intended as an Easter presentation with three sections reflecting the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, but in the almost three hundred years since that first performance, it has become more associated with Christmas time. The Peterborough Singers—with Ian Sadler at the organ, brass and timpani, and soloists who continue to emerge as some of Canada’s greatest new and current talent—will bring this magnificent work to life once again in the beautiful setting of Emmanuel East United Church.


Midori Marsh (soprano), Samuel Chan (bass), David Walsh (tenor),
Jamie Groote (alto), Ian Sadler (organ), Paul Otway (trumpet),
Doug Sutherland (trumpet), and Stan Ewing (timpani)

Concert Sponsor:  Stewart Morrison


A Bridge Over Troubled Water: The Music of Paul Simon (Saturday, February 27, 2021)

We know the song is already in your mind’s ear as you read the title of the Peterborough Singers’ February concert! And when you think of the music of Paul Simon and his early performing partner Art Garfunkel (obliquely referenced in last season’s If I had a Million Dollars), there are many more songs that have embedded themselves in our musical memories. The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, Graceland, Diamonds in the Soles of Her Shoes, Slip Slidin’ Away … the list goes on! Join us at Calvary Church for our annual tribute to contemporary music. Local band leader and arranger Steve McCracken and Peterborough’s own Beau Dixon will join Syd Birrell and the Peterborough Singers to sing wonderful arrangements of popular favourites by Paul Simon.


Beau Dixon, M/C Megan Murphy

Concert Sponsor:  TD Group & David Goyette


Verdi Requiem (Saturday, May 8, 2021)

From the composer of Aida, La Traviata, and Rigoletto comes a monumental work that is every bit as tuneful, dramatic and full of rhythmic intensity as those operas. It features an amazing cast of four renowned Canadian soloists, a double choir and the “orchestra” of Ian Sadler at the pipe organ. Giuseppe Verdi conducted the first performances of Requiem himself, and managed to include female singers, which initially the Roman Catholic church did not want to permit. Following the same liturgical text as Mozart, Faure, and Duruflé, Verdi’s Requiem stands out as one of the most-performed pieces of the choral repertoire. Come and feel the fury and terror of Dies irae (Day of wrath), experience the thrilling and energetic Sanctus (Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts), be drawn into the pulsing sorrow of Lacrymosa (Weeping), and be reassured by the vindication of Libera me (Deliver me).

Leslie Fagan (soprano), Laura Pudwell (Mezzo),
Jonathan Liebich (bass), and Ernesto Ramirez (tenor)
Ian Sadler (organ)
*special note tickets purchased for Verdi Requiem May 2020 will be honoured at Verdi 2021