Edison awarded Order of Ontario

The Artistic Director of the Elora Festival and Singers, Noel Edison, has been appointed to the Order of Ontario.

The order is the highest honour bestowed upon indivi­duals by the province and rec­og­nizes excellence in any field of endeavour. Nominations are made by members of the gen­eral public. An advisory coun­cil reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the Lieutenant Governor in council regarding appoint­ments. Edi­son is one of 28 appointed in 2009.

Edison co-founded the El­ora Festival as Three Centuries Festival in 1979, and became the Artistic Director in 1983. In 1997, he became the Artistic Director of the Toronto Men­delssohn Choir with the Elora Festival Singers being the professional core. In addition, he serves as Organist and Choir­master of St. John’s Ang­lican Church in Elora, one of the few all-professional choirs in Canada.

Jurgen Petrenko, general manager of the Elora Festival and Singers, was thrilled with Edison’s award.

"To be recognized like this is a wonderful tribute to Noel’s hard work and dedication to the Elora Festival and Singers over the past 30 years. That this com­es on the eve of the festival’s 30th anniversary is truly an honour, and speaks volumes to his artistic vision."

Warren Winkler, Chief Jus­tice of Ontario and Chairman of the Order of Ontario ad­vis­ory council said, "The Order of Ontario is a wonderful opportu­nity to honour people who have made an outstanding contribu­tion to our province. The reci­pients exemplify the diversity of strengths and interests of the people of Ontario."

Edison will be conducting his first concert as a recipient on Jan. 25 at St. John’s Church. After a lunch at 1:30pm, Cross Border Shopping will showcase the works of American and Can­a­dian composers, with El­ean­or Daley, Peter Tiefenbach, and Howard Dyck.

Tickets are $35 ($25 for the con­cert only) and can be pur­chased at the Festival office, 33 Henderson St., Elora; by phone at 519-846-0331 or toll free, 1-888-747-7550, or online at www.elorafestival.com.