Saturday, November 16 2019 | 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Metropolitan United Church

Amabile Choirs will join London Symphonia, Baritone Phillip Addis and clarinettist Graham Lord in the world premiere of The Sleepers by London Symphonia Composer-in-Resident Scott Good.

Inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman, the work harnesses the beauty of the choir and
power of the orchestra to portray the poem’s emotional essence.


The performance, preceded by Joan Tower’s Made in America and Aaron Copland’s Concerto for Clarinet, Strings, Harp and Piano was a beautiful sentiment and tribute to Walt Whitman’s poem, The Sleepers. In a new setting that opens the mind to experience Whitman’s poem in a journey that inspires the individual to use their imagination through action and peace.

From start to finish, the performance had the audience entranced with final notes resonating throughout the walls of the building, leaving everyone quietly contemplating the beautiful and meaning behind the words to Whitman’s poem. Alongside baritone Phillip Addis, we were transported away to other times and places, feeling the wide and vast variety of emotions that it means to be human and to the unity that comes from being one community, that ultimately culminated in a three minute-long standing ovation.

On behalf of the Amabile Choirs of London, we would like to thank:

  • London Symphonia for their invitation to perform once again with some of London’s most stellar professionals,
  • All the individuals and volunteers with London Symphonia who ensured the evening went smoothly,
  • Our Amabile volunteers who assisted with us as we undertook a project of this scale,
  • The Amabile Artistic Staff for their exceptional leadership;
  • Our choristers for their hard-work and dedication. You all rose to the challenge of mastering this complex work;
  • Composer Scott Good for his ingenious creativity in composing this amazing oratorio;

And of course, thank you to all our supporters who came out on Saturday night to watch and experience The Sleepers with us!

 

In Remembrance – The Christmas Truce of 1914

Christmas Eve 1914. The sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded along the Western Front, and the sounds of holiday celebrations rose above it all. Soldiers, friends and foe alike sang Christmas carols to each other across the lines. At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches, approaching the Allied lines across no-man’s-land, and called out ‘Merry Christmas’ to their enemies. They were unarmed, and with only a moment’s hesitation, the Allied soldiers climbed out from the trenches to exchange songs, carols and gifts with the men who only days ago, were their enemies. The arrival of miniature Christmas trees along the German trenches ignited the spark that would lead to the unconventional Christmas Truce of 1914.

The unofficial Christmas Truce of 1914 was considered to one of the last examples of chivalry between enemies in warfare.

The Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs performed at the Annual Remembrance Day Concert on Sunday, November 10 2019. As we took the time to reflect and remember those who have served and sacrificed, we also took the time to reflect upon those who continue to serve. A beautiful selection of songs were performed, interwoven with the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 that blended perfectly together.

 

 

Thank you to our conductors: Carol Beynon, Mark Payne, Jeff Beynon, Don Sills, Lydia Kendell and John Vermue; our accompanists Tristin Hill, Rosemary Bannerman, and Denise Jung; our speakers George Jolink, Maxwell Webb Comor, and Matthew Pironaggi. Thank you to our incredible staff and volunteers who helped ensure that the event went smoothly and thank you to our choristers for their dedication and hard-work.

Thank you to all who came out and remembered our soldiers with us.
And thank you all those individuals who continue to serve our country.

Anne of Green Gables: A Cabaret-Style Fundraising Luncheon Event

On October 27th the Amabile Youth Singers & Prima: Amabile Women’s Choir hosted Harvest Luncheon: Anne of Green Gables Fundraiser. The event was the first event of the 35th Anniversary Season and it was a beautiful way to kick off the season. Featuring great food, and good music the Amabile Youth Singers and Prima: Amabile Women’s Choir performed a great selections of songs that reminded us what it felt like to be down by the eastern shore.

There were many beautiful, unique and fun auction items that went home with our wonderful supporters, as well as some live auction items that had the room jumping with bids. 

Congratulations to all the individuals who won their silent auction bids; and to individuals who won the live auction items of: Michael Kors Sunglasses (courtesy of Central Optometry); and tickets to Billy Elliot at the Stratford Festival and dinner at Dolcetto Risto; as well as the lucky individual winners of the wine draw (including 12 bottles of red and white wine and a selection of craft beers) and the 50/50 draw! Thank you to all who donated to our silent auction.

We would like to thank the following individuals for sponsoring this great event:

We also would like to thank all of our wonderful choristers and their families for their hard work and dedication to put on such a wonderful event, including our many soloists: Emma Butler, Gillian Middleton, Lela Tamas, Abigail Fairweather, Veronica Saad, Anusha Samarabandu, Olivia Lourenco, Shannon Palmer, Julianna Spence, Kiara Harriman, Rhonda Walsh, and Wendy, Emily and Katelyn Inch, with a special guest performer as Anne, Miraya Agrawal from our Junior Amabile Singers. Thank you ladies for all your hard work and for sharing your wonderful talent with our guests. Thank you to our accompanist Hayoon Kim for providing us with her wonderful accompaniment. And thank you to our co-founder and conductor Brenda Zadorsky for her time and commitment to our choirs.

Next, we’d like to thank all our Amabile Youth Singers & Prima: Amabile Women’s Choir executives who went above and beyond to put this event together and worked diligently to ensure it was a success! We’d also like to thank one of our original volunteers, Gail Rees, for creating all beautiful the centre pieces at the event. A special thank you goes to Amabile Alumni Josh Rosedale for his audio and sound engineering to give our ladies the best sound possible.

We would like to give a very very special thank you to CTV News London’s Nick Paparella for being our Master of Ceremonies! His enthusiasm and energy was palpable throughout the afternoon. We’re so grateful he was able to be a part of our day!
Thank you Nick!

We would finally like to extend our sincerest thank you and appreciation to Best Western’s Lamplighter Inn and their staff for ensuring our event went smoothly and for all their great work assisting us with set up and all the little things in-between.

And thank YOU – our wonderful supporters who came out to our first event of our 35th Anniversary Season. We wouldn’t be here for 35th years without you and we look forward to seeing you at all our future concerts to make some more wonderful memories. 

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