Archived Press Releases

April 2019: Journey from Slavery to Serenity as the Peterborough Singers Presents Two Contrasting Masterpieces

February 2019: Peterborough Singers’ SOUL II Concert Celebrates Black History Month (2019)

December 2018: Peterborough Singers’ Messiah to Feature International Stars Benjamin Butterfield, Daniel Taylor (2018)

November 2018: Hollywood Comes for the Holidays in Peterborough Singers’ Yuletide Cheer Concert (2018)

September 2018: Aretha Franklin to Fauré: Peterborough Singers Launch Ambitious 2018-19 Season

April 23, 2018: Peterborough Singers to Perform Mendelssohn’s Monumental Elijah

February 17, 2018: Peterborough Singers to Dazzle with 25th Anniversary Greatest Hits Concert

December 11, 2017: Peterborough Singers’ 25th Anniversary Christmas Messiah to Feature International Stars

November 16, 2017: Peterborough Singers’ Yuletide Cheer Concert to Feature Holiday Best Hits

October 3, 2017: Buy tickets now and save for Peterborough Singers’ 25th anniversary season

April 25, 2017: The Peterborough Singers presents Mozart’s Requiem and selected arias on May 6

February 17, 2017: Peterborough Singers to celebrate Canadian Women of Song on February 25

December 8, 2016: International star Daniel Taylor to join Peterborough Singers for 2016 Messiah

November 9, 2016: Kick off the holiday season with the Peterborough Singers’ Yuletide Cheer – Nov. 26

September 26, 2016: Save with season tickets to the Peterborough Singers in 2016-17

April 13, 2016: Experience the agony and the ecstasy of Bach’s St. John Passion in Peterborough, May 14

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

November 9, 2015: Peterborough Singers’ Yuletide Cheer concert to feature world-famous soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian

September 2015: Beatles, Bach, and Bayrakdarian headline packed 2015-16 Peterborough Singers’ season

May 2, 2015: The Peterborough Singers host the Estonian National Male Choir, May 24

April 16, 2015: Peterborough Singers to perform Haydn’s masterpiece, The Creation, May 9

February 9, 2015: The 100-voice Peterborough Singers celebrate Black History Month with a Soul concert

November 19, 2014: Forget YouTube: This year hear the Hallelujah chorus in the flesh at the Peterborough Singers’ Messiah

October 31, 2014: Peterborough Singers to honour Canadian composer Len Ballantine at Yuletide Cheer

September 10, 2014: Haydn’s masterpiece, The Creation, to cap ground-breaking season for the Peterborough Singers

May 3, 2014: Peterborough Singers to celebrate peace, honour Canadian troops with Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man

February 3, 2014: Toe-tapping fun as Peterborough Singers joined by Clan Hannigan and special guests for a Celtic Celebration

December 3, 2013: 2013 Peterborough Singers’ Messiah performances feature top emerging soloists

November 4, 2013: Cast away those Christmas blues with the Peterborough Singers’ Carols with Brass

October 23, 2013: A season of breathtaking music at a discount price for Peterborough Singers’ series ticket holders


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…..

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…

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 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….

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)

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.”