Sing Me to Heaven
‘sing me a lullaby, a long song, sing me to heaven…’ Jane Griner
Saturday March 3, 7:30 pm
The Spire, Sydenham St United Church
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The Cantabile Choirs of Kingston present ‘Sing Me to Heaven’, featuring conductor in residence Jonathan Willcocks, visiting from the UK to lead the teen and adult choirs in a concert of music to uplift and inspire.
The program for this concert is a combination of works pulled from the canon of great choral music, new arrangements and a piece composed by Jonathan Willcocks for the Cantabile Choirs to premiere for our audiences. This is a challenging program for our singers, which they are very excited to share with their audience.
The varied repertoire for our teen choirs includes beautiful lyric works like The Lake of Innisfree by Eleanor Daley, two works by our guest conductor, including a brand new arrangement of O Holy Jesus for our Young Men and Billy Joel’s popular Piano Man. The teen choirs will come together to sing the uplifting spiritual The Storm is Passing Over, sure to get the audience clapping along.
Our Women’s Choir will perform three movements from Five Shakespeare Songs, composed by Jonathan Willcocks father, Sir David Willcocks, also a highly esteemed and much performed composer. They will also perform Here In My Heart, by Canadian and former Women’s Choir member Sarah Quartel.
The Men’s Chorus will also sing a piece by Ms. Quartel, as well as a lovely arrangement of Fields of Gold by Sting, in a beautiful arrangement by Ethan Perry, and a rousing version of He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.
Together the Men’s and Women’s Choruses are thrilled and proud to perform the world premiere of There Is Sweet Music, composed for Cantabile in honor of Richard and Helen Beard.
The choirs will come together to perform the final movement from Jonathan Willcocks’ Gloria, Quoniam tu solus sanctus, a grand and fitting finale.
About Our Special Guest:
When our singers and audiences have the opportunity to observe guest artists at work, they are introduced to new musical styles and sensibilities. This provides excellent growth opportunities, and a new perspective on the art of making choral music, especially as Cantabile’s guest artists are acclaimed professionals from across the globe, whose expertise our singers and audiences would never have the chance to enjoy otherwise. Jonathan Willcocks is currently Musical Director of the Guildford Choral Society and the Chichester Singers. He is an accomplished composer whose works are performed internationally. As a guest conductor and clinician, Jonathan has appeared in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, China and throughout Europe and the UK. He has conducted in many of the world’s major concert halls, including the Carnegie Hall, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Perth Concert Hall, Australia. In the UK he frequently appears at Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Cantabile is delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to collaborate with one of the world’s finest musicians. We look forward to sharing the music we make together with our audiences.
Sing Me to Heaven is performed In Honor of Richard and Helen Beard.
Thanks to our Accommodation Sponsor The Secret Garden Inn. We are very lucky to have them hosting our guest in such warm comfort.