On Sunday, Nov. 2, Canadian music icon and Grammy Award-winning chorus master Iwan Edwards opens the 36th CBC/McGill Series with a gala concert featuring his vocal ensemble Concerto Della Donna and 200 children's voices (including singers from several other choirs he's created over the course of his 49-year career). This performance is one of Edwards' last appearances before he officially retires from regular conducting at the end of November.
Recognized for "inspiring thousands of choristers of all ages and bringing enjoyment to audiences throughout North America and Europe," Edwards' greatest gift is his ability to bring out the best in everyone he works with. He says that, “as a conductor, you have to respect that [singers] do have their limitations, but what you need to do is persuade them […] that they can do more than they actually believe that they can.”
Edwards leads the combined choirs of the 2014 CBC/McGill Youth Choir Gala (McGill Conservatory Youth Choir; English Montreal School Board Senior Chorale; Chœur des enfants de Montréal; Les Voix Boréales) together with Concerto Della Donna, on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. at Pollack Hall in Montreal. Join host Jeanette Kelly for this very special event, recorded for future broadcast on CBC Radio. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors), available online or at the box office.
Watch Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols filmed at Birks Chapel in Montreal as part of the 2013 CBC/McGill Youth Choir Gala.
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