PETERBOROUGH, October 23, 2013: How do you move forward after the busiest and most productive year in your 20-year history? That’s the question the 100-voice Peterborough Singers face after their 2012-13 season saw them squeeze four additional performances of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana into their already packed schedule, host an extremely successful twentieth anniversary gala, and cap the year off with arguably the most challenging, and greatest, choral work in history: Bach’s B-Minor Mass.

But if the lineup for their twenty-first season is any indication, the Singers are up to the challenge. In addition to the annual and much-beloved staples of Carols with Brass and the ever-sublime Handel’s Messiah, this spring the Singers will bring a Celtic Celebration to Peterborough, featuring the well-known Cairdeas and Clan Hannigan, as well as the Peterborough Dance Collective. Then, in May, the Singers’ will present Karl Jenkins’s magnum opus, the The Armed Man, accompanied by Maurice Durufle’s haunting Requiem.

For Peterborough Singers’ series ticket holders, all four concerts, or a combination of two or three, can be enjoyed at discount prices—and with a host of other benefits. Tickets for all four concerts can be purchased for just $100 (a saving of $20 off regular ticket prices), a combination of any three for just $80 ($10 saving), or of any two for just $55 ($5 saving).

In addition to lower prices, series ticket holders can skip the lines and enjoy preferred seating at concerts, and they will receive invitations to exclusive events. Series tickets can be purchased online at the Singers’ website ( Just click on the “Tickets” tab, and select “Series Subscriptions” from the drop-down.  You can also order the tickets by calling (705)745-1820.

“Our twentieth anniversary year was the busiest year in our history,” said artistic director Syd Birrell. “It was crazy. But while exhausting in one sense, it was absolutely invigorating in another.

“I believe the intensity of the season, which demanded so much from every single member of the choir, really cemented our commitment to our core mission. The energy at our rehearsals this season is palpable, and new recruits to the choir are joining every week.”

“We are beyond excited to continue doing what the Singers do so well: bringing the world’s best choral music to Peterborough.”

The Singers will kick of the 2013-14 season in just a few weeks with Carols with Brass (Nov. 30) – an exhilarating blend of the 100-voice choir, a virtuosic brass quintet, the organ, guest performers, and audience participation. The Singers will welcome special guests, Venabrass, the brass players of the Venables family, as well as the Mead sisters and organist Ian Sadler.

The Messiah (Dec. 15 and 16), an annual tradition, needs no introduction. Audience members come back year after year for the performances of Handel’s most famous work. But while it is a tradition, no two years’ shows are the same, thanks to an ever-rotating cast of top-quality Canadian soloists. Soloists this year feature emerging artists, some of whom were Peterborough Singers members prior to postsecondary music studies.

The Singers’ will mix it up in February with the Celtic Celebration (Feb. 15), featuring toe-tapping music that will have you on your feet dancing, blended with nostalgic songs that will have you dreaming of the “old country”. The choir will perform stunning arrangements of Celtic melodies and welcome special guests, the well-known Cairdeas and Clan Hannigan, as well as the Peterborough Dance Collective.

Featured in the Singers’ Mass for Peace (May 10) is Karl Jenkins’s composition The Armed Man, a powerful plea for peace based on the Catholic mass in which the composer combines sources that include a fifteenth century folk song and the Islamic Call to Prayer. The Kawartha Lakes Singers will join the Singers for this emotional, powerful, visceral piece of music. Guest conductor Arlene Gray, the founder of the Kawartha Lakes Singers, will conduct The Armed Man, while Birrell will conduct Durufle’s Requiem in the second half.