|Photo by: Michael van der Gagg courtesy of the Canadian Chamber Choir
The results following any period of intense and fleeting performance leaves one in a bit of a haze. I enjoy thinking of my fellow Canadian Chamber Choir choristers and what they are up to back in their local choral communities. It is staggering to reflect upon the amount of synchronicity that can be achieved in such a compressed time frame. In just a few days, I began to hear ensemble cohesion and get a glimpse of what the group sounded like from within the choir. The CCC sound is elegant, polished, and seamless; yet, there are such unique voices in the group creating that overall texture. Take a look at the social media and photo recap from the CCC tour adventures below.
A fun facts tally from the week:
- learning 30 new pieces, many by contemporary canadian choral composers: Jeff Enns, Matthew Emery, Cy Giacomin, Kathleen Allan, Lavinia Kell Parker, Stephanie Martin, Allan Bevan, Rupert Lang, Leonard Enns, A. Balfour, Nancy Telfer, Larry Nickel, Tobin Stokes, Robert Ingari, Bruce Sled, Barrie Cabena, Don MacDonald, Sid Robinovitch, et al. Some of the titles are available at Cypress Music in the CCC series.
- sang in four concerts in four stunning churches: Kingston-St. George's Cathedral, Perth-St. John the Baptist, Ottawa-St. Joseph's, and Montreal-Église Saint-Pierre-Apôtre
- participated in three workshops: Kingston Choral Music Society, U of Ottawa and Ottawa highschool choirs, Montreal Choral Institute
- meeting numerous blog readers (Cathy, Johanna, Beth, David et al.) and bloggers Mark Wilkinson at Sound + Noise and Amy Desrosiers from Blonde in the Choir.
- three welcome caffeinated beverages at Crossroads Tea Room; Coutts Coffee Company who opened early for the choir at 6:30 AM in Perth; Ministry of Coffee in Ottawa
- four great billets: Mary in Kingston, Suzanne in Perth, Mary in Ottawa, and Martin in Dorval
- i lost track of the numerous delicious sandwich, veggie, fruit platters and choir-hosted potlucks
|Choristers from the Women and Men of the Tay were our billet hosts in Perth, Ontario. I got this awesome bagged lunch from Suzanne.
|Photo by Mike van der Gaag courtesy of Canadian Chamber Choir. I'm checking in online during a break in rehearsal.
|Frozen Rideau canal - ready for skating!
|A fancy lunch at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
|The Ewashko Singers warm-up in St. Joes Church before our Friday night concert.
|A rare chance to meet fellow #TheChoirGirl blog readers and bloggers themselves: Mark Wilkinson who I met writing at Sound + Noise, and Amy Desrosiers from Blonde in the Choir.
|Another #TheChoirGirl blog reader, Margo Keenan, who spotted me at the Montreal Choral Institute CCC Workshop
|#TheChoirGirl Blog reader, Cathy, recognized me at the Ottawa Chamber Music concert while in Ottawa. I sang with her last year when Pro Coro Canada sang with the Ottawa Cantata Singers.
|Johanna Crooymans, a loyal #TheChoirGirl blog reader from Montreal. Also, my new adopted Montreal mom.
|CCC tour finale concert in Montreal and CCC founder, Iwan Edwards, was even in the audience. Photo by David E. Cronkite courtesy of the Montreal Choral Institute
|Some gorgeous sunrise scenery flying into Toronto from Montreal. CCC was singing Kathleen Allan's In Paradisum and that tune came into my mind when I saw this outside my window.
|A Toronto layover means a ramen adventure with opera singer and fellow ramen lover, Teiya Kasahara
|A layover excursion into downtown Toronto before finishing off this unexpected last leg of the CCC tour