Thames Valley Students Come Together for Special Canadian Celebration

Posted On Thursday November 23, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - On Thursday, November 16, high school choirs from across Thames Valley will come together to perform a special concert celebrating Canada.

Collage: Celebrating 150 will feature 7 Thames Valley choirs who will each perform one piece of music by a Canadian composer, followed by a mass ensemble performance of a new commissioned work, “Honeyed Hearts”.

“The Thames Valley Choral night has been a tradition for many years,” says Michelle Rees, Arts Learning Coordinator. “This year, with the help of a grant from the Ministry of Education that was given to support schools in celebrating the 150th anniversary of both the confederation of Canada and the establishment of the province of Ontario, choirs from across the district will perform a Canadian work on their own and then conclude the concert with a mass performance of a work commissioned by Medway graduate Matthew Emery and conducted by Linda Beaupré.”

Emery’s music has been performed across North America, Europe and Asia and he is the recipient of many choral writing awards in Canada and the United States. Emery, who is attending the performance, was recently named one of the “hottest classical musicians under 30” by the CBC. Beaupré has conducted many award-winning choirs and was founder and conductor of the Bach Children’s Chorus (BCC) for 30 years.

In addition to the music performances, Thames Valley visual arts students were offered the opportunity to create artwork that depicts “what Canada means to them.” Their submissions will be displayed in a gallery walk prior to the concert. 

“Singing in a choir is the epitome of collaboration and an opportunity to build community. It’s amazing to see students who have never met come together in the mass ensemble and build a connection based on their mutual love of music,” says Rees. 

Donations will be accepted at the door. All proceeds go to the United Way.

What: Collage: Celebrating 150 featuring music and art work by Thames Valley students
When: Thursday, November 16, 2017 (7:00 p.m.)
Where: Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School           
College Avenue Secondary School
London Central Secondary School
Medway High School
Oakridge Secondary School
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School
Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School
Strathroy District Collegiate Institute

For more information:
Michelle Rees, Arts Learning Coordinator,
Thames Valley District School Board  519-452-2000 ext. 20394

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