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Ages 12 to 19
The Cantilon Chamber Choir is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading children’s choral ensembles. Since its inception, the Cantilon Chamber Choir has been honoured with numerous awards in national and international competitions. In July 2011 the choir participated in the 65th International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. They received 1st Place in the Youth Choir and Folk Song Choir classes and 2nd Place for Female Choirs. The Cantilon Chamber Choir has been invited to represent Canada in the summer of 2014 at the Béla Bartók International Choral Competition in Debrecen, Hungary.
In the fall of 2007 the choir represented Canada in the European Broadcasting Union’s Let The Peoples Sing competition, receiving second prize, followed a few months later by a trip to Tolosa, Spain to compete in the prestigious Tolosa International Choral Competition where they placed third in the Children’s Choir category. The choir has traveled extensively, also competing successfully in the Béla Bartók International Choral Competition in Debrecen, Hungary in July 2006 (1st, Children’s Choirs; 1st Youth Choirs; Best Performance of a Hungarian Work; Purest Intonation and Interpretation) and the 57th International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales in 2003 (2nd, Senior Children; 3rd Chamber Choirs and Folk Song Choirs)
In addition to its regular concert series, the Cantilon Chamber Choir regularly performs with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Pro Coro Canada, the Edmonton Opera Company and the Richard Eaton Singers. These collaborations have included performances of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, George Bizet’s Carmen, W. A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, the “Prologue” to Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele, Wagner’s Parsifal and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
The Cantilon Chamber Choir has released four CDs: The Time of Snow, our newest Christmas recording featuring Edmonton harpist Nora Bumanis, That Yongë Child, a collection of Christmas music including Benjamin Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’ and William Mathias’ ‘Salvator Mundi’, Blessed Is the World That Sings, featuring sacred and folk music recorded during the choir’s first trip to England and Wales, and Bonny Wood Green. This disc includes music by prominent Canadian composers as well as Poulenc’s Petites Voix and Rautavarra’s “Suite” de Lorca.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Robertson-Wesley United Church (10209 123 Street NW)
Conductor: Heather Johnson
An audition is required to participate in the Cantilon Choirs Chamber Choir program. Click the button below to schedule an audition: