Did you see the news? We’re so excited and honoured to say that our Amabile Chamber Choir and our Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble’s have been named finalists in their respective categories at Choral Canada’s National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs in the Youth Mixed Voice Choirs, and Lower Equal Voice Youth Choirs respectively! We are incredibly proud of our singers and we wish to express sincerest appreciation and congratulations to our artistic staff: Brenda Zadorsky, Jeff Beynon, Don Sills; and our collaborative pianists: Dr. Ron Fox and Rebecca Lubos; as well as a special thank you to our Amabile alumnus Joshua Rosendale for recording this for us. Thank you to Choral Canada – Canada Choral for this opportunity.
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Sunday May 12 2019
2:30 PM & 7:00 PM
First St. Andrews United Church | 350 Queens Ave
Amabile Choirs hosted it 29th Annual Amabile Festival on Sunday, May 12th, 2019. The theme this year supported our mission statement of ‘enriching and celebrating our community: one voice at a time’ and our concerts, entitled, Music Changes the World, featured renowned humanitarian, conductor and composer, Jim Papoulis.
Jim is an extraordinary human being who brought his love for humanity and music to us and allowed us to share it with our community. Hundreds of lives have been touched by his music and we are so grateful he came back to conduct the Amabile family once again.
The repertoire was excellent and the performances in at least 12 languages were exceptional. First St. Andrews United Church was packed for both the afternoon and evening performances, with standing ovations and thunderous applause at the end of each concert.
A special acknowledgement was made to our very own Mary Margaret Farrow, one of our own tireless ‘mothers of Amabile’ who has worked tirelessly over the last 35 years. Thank you, MM, from the bottom of our hearts for all the work you’ve done for our choirs and for our community.
We sincerely thank:
Jim Papoulis, for sharing his expertise with our choristers, conductors, and in the schools;
Instrumentalists David Laidlaw (percussion), Jim Smythe (bass), Mike Inman (cello), Owen Poel (percussion), Georgina Galba and Lela Tamas (handbells)
Accompanists Denise Jung, Hayoon Kim, Rosemary Bannerman and Tristin Hill
Diane Canton, concert organizer and manager
The dozens of volunteers who helped make this event run smoothly.
Our wonderful choristers for their hard work, artistic excellence and dedication this past season. YOU made it phenomenal!
Our artistic directors for their leadership and without whom, none of the Amabile excellence would happen.
And finally, we the Amabile Choirs of London, Canada thank you, our amazing audience members and supporters who come out to all our concerts and events. Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
“I was singing in choir from grade five up till the fourth year of my undergraduate degree. I was singing every day, singing in choir is part of my identity,” he tells us via email. “I started composing because I wanted to write music that I wanted to sing. It was natural to focus all of my writing on the choral idiom. I think most composers, when they’re beginning their journey, start by writing for the instrument they are most familiar with. For me that was the choir.”
Thank you for supporting the Amabile Bursary Fund and Chorister Support
On Thursday September 14, 2017 our golf tournament at RiverBend Golf Club was a great day of golf, fun, and music on the course. Dinner in RiverBend’s dining room was an elegant affair with performances by the choirs. Thank you to our sponsors and silent auction donors. our event supports Amabile choristers and ensures that no deserving singer is ever turned away from our legendary choirs!