Les Choristes

les choristes

Conductors: Kathleen Allan, Patrick Murray

Les Choristes is a dynamic women’s choir comprised of students from across campus, most of whom are voice majors at the Don Wright Faculty of Music. The repertoire is diverse, and includes music of all eras and genres while specializing in music of the 21st century.

Under the direction of Dr. Victoria Meredith, Les Choristes enjoyed a rich history of commissioning and premiering compositions, including works by esteemed Canadian composers Nancy Telfer and Ruth Watson Henderson. The choir also enjoyed a strong reputation across Canada as a result of its many national awards from both the CBC Choral Competitions and the Canadian Music Educators’ Association and invitations to perform as featured guests in concerts for MusicFest, Contemporary Showcase, and the American Choral Directors Association.

The tradition of supporting new Canadian Choral composition continues under the direction of Jennifer Moir. Since 2004, the choir has commissioned and presented over 30 new works by composers and arrangers Jeff Smallman, Sarah Quartel, Rory Magill, Don Macdonald and Allison Girvan.

Les Choristes has performed at the Ontario Music Educators’ Association conference and The Kaleid Choral Festival and embrace opportunities to connect with other choral organizations in the province as a means of building choral community. Tours to Ottawa in 2012 and 2014 and Toronto in 2015 have included guest appearances at the National War Memorial Museum during Remembrance Day services as well as collaborative workshops and concerts with local choirs and their directors. In recent years, pecial programs have included performances with renown performing artists, Rajaton (Finland) and solo artists, Essi Wuorela (Rajaton), Allison Girvan and Gary Diggins.

Les Choristes is featured in two recent recordings: ECHO – Choral Creativity in Motion, and The Song My Paddle Sings, a commemorative CD of music set to the poetry of E. Pauline Johnson by Canadian Composers.

Auditions:

Audition required. Open to all Western students. Complete audition information available here.

Rehearsals:

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

View course outline for more information or visit the MPS general ensemble information page.

Performances (2019-2020)

At the Heart of Stillness
Friday, October 18, 7:30 p.m.
St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica, 196 Dufferin Ave, London

Les Choristes and St. Cecilia Singers. In our troubled world where the innocent suffer, we offer a plea for an attitude of non-violence while remembering those who gave their lives for peace.

Advance Tickets: $10 (general admission) Door sales: $15 (cash only at the door)
Purchase tickets in advance online, in person or by phone at 519-672-8800 via the Grand Theatre Box Office (471 Richmond St., London, ON N6A 3E4). Cash only at the door. Advance ticket purchase strongly encouraged.


Carols and Choirs
Friday, November 29, 7:30 p.m.
St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica, 196 Dufferin Ave, London

All four choirs (Chorale, Les Choristes, St. Cecilia Singers, and Western University Singers) join to celebrate the holiday season

Advance Tickets: $15/$10 (general admission/students and seniors) Door sales: $20/$15 (cash only at the door)
Purchase tickets in advance online, in person or by phone at 519-672-8800 via the Grand Theatre Box Office (471 Richmond St., London, ON N6A 3E4). Cash only at the door. Advance ticket purchase strongly encouraged.


Lineage
Saturday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.
First-St. Andrew’s United Church, 350 Queens Ave., London

Chorale and Les Choristes. Music of faith, hope, and heritage.

Advance Tickets: $10 (general admission) Door sales: $15 (cash only at the door)
Purchase tickets in advance online, in person or by phone at 519-672-8800 via the Grand Theatre Box Office (471 Richmond St., London, ON N6A 3E4). Cash only at the door. Advance ticket purchase strongly encouraged.


United We Sing
Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.
St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica, 196 Dufferin Ave, London

All choirs join to close the choral season.

Advance Tickets: $15/$10 (general admission/students and seniors) Door Sales: $20/$15 (cash only at the door)
Purchase tickets in advance online, in person or by phone at 519-672-8800 via the Grand Theatre Box Office (471 Richmond St., London, ON N6A 3E4). Cash only at the door. Advance ticket purchase strongly encouraged.