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Messiah

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

7:30 pm

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A piece from our SOLD OUT Broadway May 2016 concert - My Fair Lady- On The Street Where You Live


A piece from Composer-Artistic Director A Dale Wood's Christmas Contata-Love Came Down at Christmas; O Ring Ye Bells!


'Gloria' by Andrew Gilpin, featuring Shawn Grenke on piano, performed Christmas 2011.


'In My Room' from the Beach Boys medley performed at our JukeBox Jamboree in 2010.


"God Shall Wipe Away All Tears" from Karl Jenkins' Armed Man-Mass for Peace performed 2009 at the beautiful Queen of Peace Croatian Church in Norval Ontario.


"Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's Messiah performed in 2010 with the Valen Ensemble Orchestra

About Us

The Georgetown Choral Society has delighted audiences with their music since 1971.

The choir, under the direction of Christopher Dawes, the Choir has approximately 100 members, and performs at a level normally associated with professional groups.  The choir performs a mixed genre of musical works and has performed at such locations as Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. We have also performed in Holland,  England and Ireland.
 
We perform two major concerts per year, and we also participate every year in Remembrance services in November as well as perform in several benefit concerts.


 

Artistic Director
Chris Dawes

Christopher Dawes was appointed Acting Artistic Director of the choir in the Summer of 2017 for one year.

Numbered among Canada's leading church musicians, concert organists and choral accompanists, Christopher Dawes is a freelance musician dividing his professional time between freelance performing across a wide spectrum of the Toronto music scene and a range of musical leadership positions. 

He is currently Director of Music for Rosedale Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Marion Singers of Greater Toronto (a fine a capella chamber choir giving an annual 6-7 charity concert season in churches across the region), accompanist and coach to graduate and undergraduate choral and orchestral conducting programs of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, and is more recently also serving as Worship Coordinator for the Georgetown Christian Reformed Church and Acting Artistic Director of the Georgetown Choral Society. He has served as Director of Canada's Summer Institute of Church Music in Whitby since July 2004). 

Mr. Dawes has given solo recitals and accompanied choral tours across North America and Europe, and been broadcast repeatedly on domestic and international radio services. His work appears on over two dozen commercial CDs to date and has been showcased in Canada's greatest concert stages and organ lofts.

A passionate advocate for the organ, sacred music and his country's cultural life, Chris is known for a musicianship that freely crosses classical and popular styles and eras; for his imaginative, informed and approachable presentation of both the familiar and the obscure, and for his love of history, places, people, and all that is unusual and inspirational in music. 

A native of Kingston, Ontario, and over 25-year collaborator with the Georgetown Choral Society, Chris lives with his wife, Marcia, and their children, Nathaniel, Simon, and Charlotte in Georgetown.

Thank you to A. Dale Wood

Dale completed his service of over 41 years of service to the Georgetown Choral Society in early 2017. At a recent concert, the choir recognized him for his many years of outstanding artistic direction, and expressed their gratitude by presenting him with a large digital painting of the full choir with him in front in his customary director’s position.