Archived Press Releases
April 23, 2018: Peterborough Singers to Perform Mendelssohn’s Monumental Elijah
February 17, 2018: Peterborough Singers to Dazzle with 25th Anniversary Greatest Hits Concert
November 16, 2017: Peterborough Singers’ Yuletide Cheer Concert to Feature Holiday Best Hits
February 17, 2017: Peterborough Singers to celebrate Canadian Women of Song on February 25
September 26, 2016: Save with season tickets to the Peterborough Singers in 2016-17
February 3, 2016: Abbey Road takes centre stage as Peterborough Singers perform Beatles 3
December 3, 2015: Renowned stars, local talent headline Peterborough Singers’ 2015 Messiah
MENDELSSOHN’S ELIJAH MAY 2010
Singers to Present Elijah, by Natasha Regehr (Peterborough Examiner, May 6, 2010)
In 1846, Felix Mendelssohn wrote a choral oratorio about the biblical prophet Elijah, who confronted the dominant forces of paganism in a thrilling story that included droughts, earthquakes, whirlwinds, chariots, fire from heaven, and finally the reassuring “still, small voice” of God.
Elijah’s final words “appeared like burning torches” to those around him, and over a century and a half later, the fiery prophet’s voice continues to burn in the ears of all who overhear his dramatic pronouncements…..
COME TOGETHER! THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES FEBRUARY 2010
It was Beatlemania for Peterborough Singers, by Ed Arnold (Peterborough Examiner, March 1, 2010)
What the concert did was bring out an audience that may have never heard or seen The Singers before; so while Syd Birrell discovered The Beatles, some people in the community were discovering The Singers. A win-win for everyone….
Inspiration, Imagination: Long and Winding Road, by Natasha Regehr (Peterborough Examiner, February 2009)
Discover how a “cultural elitist” raised on a steady diet of “Haydn and Beethoven” learned about the music of the Fab Four—and was inspired…
HANDEL’S MESSIAH DECEMBER 2009
The 100 Voices of the Peterborough Singers Present Handel’s Masterpiece
The Peterborough Singers attracts extremely high-calibre soloists to perform at its choral events. This year, the Messiah performance features crowd favourite Vicki St Pierre (mezzo soprano) and rising star tenor Adam Bishop on both evenings. Pam Birrell (soprano) and Andrew Tees (bass) perform on December 14th, and Leslie Fagan (soprano) and Giles Tomkins (bass) perform on December 15th. Ian Sadler plays organ and Paul Otway plays trumpet both evenings.
The Messiah is one of Handel’s most beloved works, and the Peterborough Singers presentation has become the high point of the holiday season for many music lovers in the Peterborough area. Favourite choral moments include “For Unto Us a Son is Born,” “And the Glory,” and of course the magnificent “Hallelujah” and “Amen” choruses. Read more about this wonderful oratorio.
Handel’s Messiah: Talent From Near and Far (Noteworthy News, November 2009) The Peterborough Singers’ annual performances of Handel’s Messiah have always blended the talents of outstanding musicians and soloists — from near and far. This year is no exception…. Read more.
CAROLS WITH BRASS NOVEMBER 2009
Carols With Brass Unmatched for “Heart and Magic” (December 2009) Praise of this year’s annual Peterborough Singers Christmas concert keeps flowing in from all quarters—audience members, fellow musicians, and even renowned composer Len Ballantine…. Read more.
Len Ballantine’s Composition Debuts at Carols With Brass (Noteworthy News, November 2009) Renowned Canadian composer Len Ballantine will join the 100+ voices of the Peterborough Singers and the Canadian Staff Band of The Salvation Army in an exuberant and joyful presentation of Carols With Brass.
Singers prepare for Carols With Brass (Peterborough Examiner, November 5, 2009) The Peterborough Singers raised their 100-plus voices last night to rehearse “The Night of the Angel Song,” conducted by the composer himself….
MOZART’S REQUIEM MAY 2009
Singers plan May 9 concert (Peterborough Examiner, April 30, 2009) Leslie Fagan is enjoying a music career that includes concerts at the Bordeaux Opera House in Fance, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. But the soprano soloist says she always enjoys performing in Peterborough because it feels like “coming home.” Download article on pdf (2.7 MB)
YULETIDE CHEER NOVEMBER 2008
Opera student back for Yuletide Cheer (Peterborough Examiner, November 27, 2008) At an age when most children often hide shyly behind a parent’s leg when meeting strangers, four-year-old Adam Bishop stood alone, in front of his church congregation, singing “Little Drummer Boy.” … Bishop, who went on to perform in children’s choirs and with the Peterborough Singers, is now getting a degree in opera at the prestigious Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto…. This promising 22-year-old tenor is returning to his roots Saturday to perform with the Peterborough Singers as part of the Yuletide Cheer concert. During this annual festive concert, with the 100-voice group, Bishop will perform Benjamin Britten’s cantata “Saint Nicolas.”