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Toronto Children's Chorus

A Chorus Christmas

  • Elise Bradley, Artistic Director

  • Jean Ashworth Bartle, Founder/Conductor Laureate

Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets: $39.50 - $29.50

Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

Toronto - The Toronto Children's Chorus' annual Christmas concerts at Roy Thomson Hall are a cherished tradition! The award-winning chorus, celebrating its 30th anniversary season, returns on Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. with another enchanting program of timeless carols and seasonal classics. Artistic Director Elise Bradley leads more than 300 choristers - age 7 to 17 - in A Chorus Christmas, with a stellar line-up of special guests, including True North Brass; Judy Loman, harp; Mary Carol Nugent, viola; Giles Tomkins, bass-baritone; Leonie Wall, flute; Winona Zelenka, cello; and Russell Hartenberger, percussion.

The Toronto Children's Chorus is recognized as one of the world's leading choral ensembles for children. Each year, over 300 children aged 7-17, are given unique opportunities to perform in local, regional, national and international venues. This has included triumphant debuts at Carnegie Hall (1994), the Kennedy Center (1995), Sydney Opera House (1999), Philadelphia's Kimmel Center (2001), and Royal Albert Hall (2002).

The Toronto Children's Chorus was founded in 1978 by Jean Ashworth Bartle who retired as its Music Director at the end of the 2006-2007 season. The TCC tours widely and has won numerous first-place awards, including the Welsh International Musical Eisteddfod and the Let The Peoples Sing Competition. In Spring 2006 the choir won first place as Canada's leading children's choir in CBC/Radio Canada's 16th National Competition for Amateur Choirs-the sixth time in its history to win this award.

The choir's repertoire embraces an extensive range of musical genres and has commissioned more than twenty new Canadian works. It has performed with such internationally known conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, the late Elmer Iseler, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling, Bramwell Tovey and Sir David Willcocks. The choir has produced 12 CD recordings, including the newly released How Sweet the Sound for Treble Voices and Orchestra, and Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. The choir has also been broadcast on CBC, BBC Wales and the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

Elise Bradley is the newly appointed Artistic Director of the Toronto Children's Chorus. She comes to the TCC from her role as was Head of Music at Westlake Girls' High School in Auckland, New Zealand where she directed the renowned Key Cygnetures Choir. The choir won the City of Vienna Prize at the Internationales Jugendmusicfest in 2005 against choirs from around the world, and last year won the Supreme Award in New Zealand at the Secondary Schools' Music Festival. Elise was also the Musical director of the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir, which was named a Champion Choir at the World Choir Games in Xoa,am. Cjoma om 2006. For more information, visit

This performance is co-presented by Roy Thomson Hall and Toronto Children's Chorus


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