November 2018 marks a significant moment in history. One hundred years ago, Allied Nations and Germany signed an agreement to end fighting at 11am on November 11th. Six months after signing the Armistice, The Treaty of Versailles was signed, which took effect in January, 1920.
During this 100th anniversary, Toronto Children’s Chorus members have reflected upon the sacrifices made by all those who have pursued peace, from years past to present. TCC’s Chamber Choir, under Artistic Director Elise Bradley, MNZM, looks forward to presenting We Remember on Sunday November 11 at 7:30pm. Special guests include British composer/conductor, Bob Chilcott, the Elmer Iseler Singers, under the direction of Lydia Adams, and the Toronto Youth Choir, under conductor Matthew Otto. Works by composers of the four Allied Nations of Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand will be featured.
TCC Head Chorister, Charmaine, says that it is the choir’s role to serve as a bridge between composer and audience, especially regarding such vital messages as peace and remembrance. “It’s critical to convey the composer’s ideas accurately and wholeheartedly,” says Charmaine. “Whether that transfers into looking into the historical context of a song, gaining a deeper understanding into the text, or simply singing the music with your full heart, the extra effort really does make the difference between chanting text on notes and creating actual music.”
The TCC and guests will present a diverse repertoire during its November 11th concert, something Charmaine says is especially important today. “We’re approaching this concert from a very inclusive point of view; our repertoire is incredibly diverse, and I personally think it does a very good job of representing many realities that are often forgotten by the mainstream definition of remembrance.” Students today are provided a more comprehensive education on the groups and individuals involved in war, including World War I. Charmaine says this concert reflects on the sacrifices made by all.
The Chorus will remember World War I on November 11th as well as other wars and world events from the not-so-distant past. “One of my favourite songs that we will be singing during the concert is “Lux Aeterna” by Australian composer Sally Whitwell, a song dedicated to the victims of the 2016 Orlando shooting,” says Charmaine. “Performing this song shows that it’s just as important to remember and reflect upon modern tragedies…Its text combines Latin text, Lux Aeterna (a section of a Requiem mass), with its English translation, which symbolizes to me how some aspects of remembrance have remained unchanged throughout the years.”
The Chorus hopes you will join them for this inspiring concert on November 11 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.