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The Cape Breton Chorale has been thrilling audiences since its formation over thirty years ago. The Chorale has given more than 200 performances throughout the Maritimes, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

The Chorale has shared the stage with a variety of musical stars, ranging from Celine Dion to Rita MacNeil and has performed before numerous visiting dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II.

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40 Years of Song

thumb_40poster25Lw.jpgThe 40 Years of Song concert includes a selection of some of the Chorale’s favourite sacred music from Vivaldi, Handel, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Haydn and Mozart, the latter with soprano soloist, Ruth Ann Morrison. The program also reflects memories of the three overseas concert tours (Wales/England, Scotland and Ireland) with arrangements of Loch Lomond, Amazing Grace, Go, Lassie Go, Fields of Athenry and Tell My Ma, as well as many songs by Cape Breton composers proudly included in Chorale repertoire. The spiritual Set Down Servant and a Broadway Medley are reminders of the many Sweet Serenades and programs of lighter music enjoyably presented through the years. Instrumental numbers by Chorale members display some of the talents shared in past concerts. The program closes with that wonderful hymn of praise and thanksgiving; Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.

 

An April Evening

thumb_12poster3aw.jpgThere is little so sublime as the freshness of an April evening. With the passing of winter, spring once again brings us promises of renewal and rebirth. Trees and flowers bloom, animals give birth, and our hearts are filled with hope, peace, and joy that life does go on.

The Cape Breton Chorale gave musical voice to these sentiments on Sunday April 15th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church on Bentinck Street in Sydney. The program of sacred and secular music was produced by Sister Rita Clare who shared the baton with Rosemary McGhee. Paula Jane Francis provided organ and piano accompaniment.

For this presentation, the Chorale had as its guests the piano duo of Katherine Fraser and Emily Hatcher, and the woodwind trio All Sorts Consort (Laurie Gorman, clarinet; Richard MacAulay, flute; and Barb Stetter, oboe)

Sounds of Christmas

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The Cape Breton Chorale once again presented its traditionalChristmas concert on Sunday, December 4, 2011, at St. Andrew's United Church, Bentinck Street, Sydney, NS.Entitled "Sounds of Christmas", the music was an eclectic choral introduction to the holiday seasonchosen to engage the audience in a broad emotional spectrum. The program was designed to evoke not only inspiration and meditation but also fond remembrances of Christmases past and joyful celebration of continuing blessings of family and friends. Several opportunities for audience singalong participation were included.

The program was produced by Sister Rita Clare.The Chorale was under the direction of Rosemary McGhee with Paula Jane Francis providing organ and piano accompaniment .

For this presentation, the Chorale was joined by the Seton Elementary School Choir directed and accompanied, respectively, by Chorale members Paula Jane Francis and Mary Jane Ross. The program also included selections by the woodwind trio All Sorts Consort.