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THE SCOOP | Conductor Noel Edison is launching a comeback choir and looking for singers

By Michael Vincent on March 16, 2019

The Edison Singers will feature three concerts a year, a possible tour, recordings, and will be conducted by Noel Edison.

Noel Edison (Photo: Brian Summers)
Noel Edison (Photo: Brian Summers)

It’s been just over a year since conductor Noel Edison was dismissed over allegations made during an extensive investigation, which included multiple accounts of misconduct involving Edison towards members of the Mendelssohn Choir, the Elora Singers, as well as others.

Allegations included displays of public drunkenness, acts causing embarrassment or humiliation of choir members, inquiries about the sex lives of choir members, and an instance of a choir member being assaulted.

Since being fired, Edison has maintained his innocence, characterizing his actions as “misconstrued”. While no criminal charges have been filed, he offered an apology to those who he has inadvertently made to feel uncomfortable.

Following his dismissal at The Elora Festival Singers, The Elora Festival, and the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Elora, Edison stepped down as artistic director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

In July 2018, The Record reported a family member of an elderly parishioner filed an application in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to remove Edison in his role as dual power of attorney.

Since then, Edison has maintained a fairly low profile. That is, until now.

On Friday, Edison launched The Edison Singers, a new professional choir that aims to present three concerts (nine performances) in the southern Ontario area per year. The choir’s Executive Director is Esther Farrell, a former manager of the Elora Singers.

The Toronto-based choir will present themed concerts from a wide range of repertoire, from early music to world premieres. They also plan to release two recordings each year, and possibly tour.

On Friday, March 15, the choir’s Board of Directors put a call out for experienced singers to audition on dates scheduled between March and April for The Edison Singers.

According to the choir’s website, which was registered on December 5, 2018, they are looking for singers with “strong musicianship skills, professional vocal training, excellent sight-reading skills, and previous choral experience are a must.”

The choir has launched a Facebook Page, which at the time of publishing, has 51 followers.

 

Michael Vincent can be reached at 289-242-4435 or michael@ludwig-van.com or follow @Michael_Vincent

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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