Festival Singers remember on Sunday

The Elora Fes­tival Singers pay tribute to the spirit of mankind on Re­mem­brance Day on Nov. 11, at 3pm in St. John’s Church.
Through the music of Vaughan Williams, Fauré, Rob­ert Evans, and many others, the Singers use music to evoke memory and commemorate our fallen. In a program of indivi­dual gems, here are some of the contributors.
Eleanor Daley’s Requiem was named outstanding new choral composition by the Can­a­dian Choral Conductors in 1994. 
Daley worked an inven­tive mix of texts into her Re­quiem, including poetry, the Latin Mass for the Dead, a Russian benediction, the Book of Common Prayer and Psalm 130.  Her flexible, deceptively simple writing style generates considerable emotion, but leaves the listener feeling abso­lutely at peace. The Festival Singers’ offering is the fourth movement, In Remembrance.
Eric Robertson’s choral work Four Songs of Remem­brance was commissioned and recorded in 1983 and follows in the tradition that reaches back to Ralph Vaughan Williams and Charles Wood.
A naturalized Canadian, Robertson studied organ, piano and theory in Edinburgh before moving to Toronto in 1963. As a teen, he was music director at St John’s Lutheran Church in Toronto and organist with a local R&B band.
He has subsequently written scores for 60 films and num­erous TV movies, the CBC TV series Street Legal, the BBC and CTV series OWL TV and for Christmas TV specials star­ring the Muppets.
Gabriel Fauré was a part of a renaissance of religious music in France in the mid 1800s. Fauré’s best known chor­al work is the Messe de Requiem, written between 1887 and 1890 as an experiment in his quest to write music that was new and different.
As part of their Remem­brance Day program, the Festi­val Singers present the final movement, In Paradisum, which is the prayer spoken at the moment of burial.
Elora’s own Robert Evans is also represented on the pro­gram through his Kyrie for 9/11. 
Evans is a highly respec­ted composer and conductor within the choral community, writing in an accessible yet chal­lenging style for a wide variety of performers ranging from children to his fellow professionals.
A passionate sup­porter of the Elora Festival, the Singers are honoured to include Evan’s tribute for those lost in the Twin Towers.
Tickets are available through the Elora Festival box office at 519-846-0331 or 1-888-747-7550 or online at www.elorafestival.com.Tick­ets are $35 for adults and $10 for students.