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“The choir is amazing – it never fails to impress. The entire experience was wonderful.” — Concert patron
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is praised by patrons and media alike for the emotional intensity of its performances, and for its grand symphonic sound and clarity of expression. The Choir continues to be dedicated, since its founding in 1894, to engaging audiences with the power of great choral music performed live.
The 120-voice choir, under the artistic leadership of Grammy-nominated Noel Edison, includes auditioned choristers, choral apprentices and 20 members of the professional Elora Singers.
The TMC champions choral music in Canada beyond the live concert experience. Many TMC performances are accessible across the country and beyond through webcasting. The Choir’s education and outreach activities contribute to the development of professional and amateur choral musicians, welcoming singers aged 17 to 22 to the Choir through an Apprentice Program, offering a series of fun and educational Singsation Saturday choral workshops for amateur singers, and supporting the development of emerging choral artists with the Choral Composition Competition, the annual TMC Choral Conductors’ Symposium, and the two-year Associate Conductor position.
The TMC’s 2017/18 season, Noel Edison’s 21st with the Choir, includes five concerts and a number of guest appearances, including many with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
The Folks Behind It All
Noel Edison has been widely recognised and appreciated by choristers, critics and patrons for his skilful interpretive work with both choir and orchestra. His vision for the TMC is to create performances that connect audiences emotionally with some of the greatest traditional and contemporary choral repertoire.
Edison co-founded the Elora Festival in 1979 and, a year later, the Elora Festival Singers as its choir-in-residence. In 1997, Noel Edison was named interim conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and the Elora Festival Singers were selected as the professional core of the TMC. He assumed the position full-time two years later. He has recorded and toured with the Elora Festival Singers and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. He is a champion of Canadian composers, commissioning and premiering a number of works, and of the education of emerging choral conductors, launching the TMC’s annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium in 2010. In 2009 Edison was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour, and in 2012 he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.