2018 Community Recognition Awards

On Thursday January 24th 2019, London West MPP Peggy Sattler hosted her annual New Year’s Levee and featured Community Recognition Awards including Amabile’s very own Mary Margaret Farrow!

Mary Margaret was recognized for all her numerous volunteer activities in the city by Peggy Sattler (MPP of London West). Mary Margaret has done so much and has given thousands of hours to better all of our lives in this community – not just through Amabile but with other venues as well.

Throughout her entire life, Mary Margaret has dedicated her time to building community London. A resident of Byron, Mary Margaret is a retired music teacher and a volunteer with several arts-based agencies, including Amabile Choirs of London, Canada. For 34 years, Mary-Margaret has freely given of her time and energy to advance the mission of the Amabile Choirs in varied ways. She has recorded every concert Amabile has performed since the choirs’ inception in 1985 and even at the age of 81, continues to do so today which makes her our archivist as well. Besides recording all Amabile concerts, Mary Margaret or MM as she’s known, has also served on the Amabile Board of Directors for the past 34 years as official Board Secretary.

As a result of her pioneer work with the choirs, she has been instrumental in supporting the growth and development of this internationally renowned choral organization. When the demand for increasing our choirs grew because so many singers were interested in joining the organization, MM took on the duties of manger and librarian of the Junior Amabile Singers (JAS) to ensure this new choir was on solid footing from its inception. While she has given up her post as choir manager, MM continues to serve as librarian for an increasing collection of music.

Mary Margaret also leads our fund development team, writing and submitting successful local and provincial grants on behalf of Amabile. Through her work writing successful grants, the choirs have been able to accomplish numerous projects of excellence, including commissioning new music from London and Canadian composers as one example.

While Amabile is dedicated to providing quality educational programs for children, youth and adults to develop their musical talents, it should come as no surprise to the selection committee to know that MM has also served as a volunteer for other organizations as well, including: site manager for the vocal classes of Kiwanis Music Festival of London for at least the last 25 years; board chair for Calvary United Church; and served on executive committees of Middlesex Presbytery.

There’s no doubt that MM’s volunteer work has had a direct hand in making Amabile what it is today. Our tagline is “Enriching our community, one voice as a time” and it is due to our cadre of volunteers, and specifically MM’s endless commitment to Amabile that we continue to reach this goal. Her accomplishments go beyond Amabile and she has an immeasurable impact upon the community; she has directly touched the lives of a few thousand singers in London since 1985, and indirectly hundreds of thousands of audience members through the music of Amabile.

Congratulations on this prestigious award Mary Margaret!

Amabile Girl’s and Women Accomplishments

Junior Amabile Singers

The most recent tour the JAS took to England and France where they performed massed choir concerts in Canterbury Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral, London under the direction of David Flood and Henry Leck, as well as a solo performance at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

Previous Concerts

California, 2012: The Golden Gate International Children’s and Youth Choir Festival

  • 2 Golden Awards: First Folk, Second Historical

Hawaii, 2009: Pacific Rim Children’s Choir Festival

St. John’s Newfoundland in 2007: Festival 500

France, Belgium and Germany, 2004: 3rd Choir Olympics; Bremen Germany

  • Gold, 5th place

British Columbia, 2002: 10th Choral Kathamumixw, Powell River

Austria, Czech Republic, 2000: 1st Choir Olympics; Linz, Austria

  • Gold, 5th place

England, Scotland and Wales, 1997; Llangollen International Eisteddfodd, Wales

Iowa, 1995: Des Moines Children’s Choral Festival

The choir has been named national finalists in two CBC Biennial Competitions for Amateur Choirs, placing 2nd in 2000.

Amabile Youth Singers

The choir has won 11 national competitions, including the 2000 CBC National Competition for the Amateur Choirs Youth Category and the Best Performance of a Canadian Work.

They also won the Youth Category Award for Let the Peoples Sing which is the European International Choral Festival.

In 2005, the AYS were awarded the London Music Award for the Best Classical Ensemble and in 2007, 2011 and 2014 were the recipients of the Jack Richardson Music Award.

While on tours, the AYS have won 5 international competitions. Most recently, they received 2 gold medals and were nominated as the Best Overall Choir in the International Choral Competition in Preveza, Greece in 2013.

Amabile Young Women’s Ensemble

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Amabile Youth Singers hosted a reunion concert on May 31st 2015, featuring 71 present and 76 past choristers. AYWE premiered a new composition honouring this occasion written by Matthew Emery, an Amabile Alumni and Amabile Composer-in-residence in 2014, 2015. In the summer of 2016, the AMYE toured Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and Budapest, where they sang in beautiful venues such as St. Nicholas Church in Prague, Dome in Linz Austria, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna.

New Year’s Eve with Amabile!

New Year’s Eve with Amabile! 

Happy 2019!! The Amabile Youth Singers had a fabulous start to 2019 performing at The City of London’s Family New Year’s Eve party in Victoria Park. The 18 young ladies that were available during the holidays did a superb job performing on stage at the Band Shell, while braving the inclement weather, under the direction of our artistic director Brenda Zadorsky, and accompanied by Caroline Griffin.

28th Amabile Festival – February 2018

On Sunday, February 25 2018, Amabile held it’s 28th Amabile Festival. It featured the renowned Canadian Composer Stephen Hatfield. Under the direction of Stephen Hatfield, a special performance of “You’re History (Stop At Nothing)” was dedicated to the students, staff, and families affected by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.