Toronto Choral Society Takes on Iceland!
This year, the Toronto Choral Society (TCS) embarked on the choir's first international tour. A group of 80 people (including 54 choir members along with friends and family) spent a week touring and performing in Iceland. Highlights of the trip included performing at the incredible Skaholt church alongside the church choir and Selfoss Men's Choir as well as performing for the Canadian Ambassador, Mayor of Reykjavik and President of Iceland in Reykjavik's city hall. Choir members also enjoyed wonderful Icelandic hospitality, experienced epic waterfalls, volcanoes, black sand beaches, swimming in the Blue Lagoon, and some of Iceland's notoriously awful weather.
A heartfelt thank you to all of the choir members who attended the trip and whose good humor and high spirits helped make the trip such a success.
Toronto Choral Society to Tour Iceland
The Toronto Choral Society (TCS) will undertake a concert tour in Iceland this spring. On Tuesday, May 24, the choir will give its first concert at Iceland’s oldest church in Skálholt, located on the famed “Golden Circle”. A second concert is planned for City Hall in Reykjavik a few days later in the presence of Canadian Ambassador to Iceland, Mr. Stewart Wheeler.
The choir is preparing a combination of Canadian and Icelandic music including “In the City,” commissioned from Toronto composer Brian Finley, Eleanor Daley’sIn remembrance, and music by iconic Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. The choir will also perform Icelandic composer Jón Leifs’ haunting Requiem, and Heyr Himna Smiður, a traditional and beloved Icelandic hymn.
“Iceland is a fantastic destination for the choir,” said Geoffrey Butler, Conductor and Artistic Director. “They have a strong choral music tradition—there are over 200 choirs in a country of just 320,000 people—and their first choir was started in 1850, about the same time the TCS was founded. In addition, TCS has a powerful diversity mandate and performs music from many cultures at home in Toronto. It will be a thrill to showcase Canadian music for audiences in another country.”
Carmina Burana, O Fortuna - Carf Off
Performed by the Toronto Choral Society during Winter, 2015.
The Toronto Choral Society (TCS) was founded in 1845, to foster a positive musical environment in which members can learn and develop both musical ability and choral repertoire. In addition, TCS aims to be an integral part of the community of Toronto, presenting important works from the traditional choral repertoire, exploring the music of the many cultures that make up our community, and making an active contribution to the life of the city by participating in community events.