Fundraising concert planned at Melville United Church

The Songs Of World War II celebrates the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

An evening of music from the most momentous era of the 20th century will be presented in two performances on Oct. 16 at Melville United Church in Fergus, and on Oct. 17 at Harcourt United Church in Guelph. Both performances are at 7:30pm.

The performances are presented by the Guelph Chamber Choir. The funds raised from the performance in Fergus will benefit both the Guelph Chamber Choir and Melville United Church.  Funds received from the Guelph performance will also be directed to the Guelph Chamber Choir.

Pianist and singer Brad Halls was born and raised in Fergus, and has recently returned to live in his home town, after living and practising law in Cobourg, Ontario for 35 years.  For most of his adult life, Brad has lived something of a “double life” – practising as a criminal lawyer by day, but enjoying a career as a pianist, singer, composer, actor and director as well, active on many musical fronts.   

Halls now sings with the Guelph Chamber Choir, and serves as the organization’s president.

For these performances, Halls is joined by Soprano Laura Harp, a former student of vocal performance at the University of Toronto; Mezzo Patricia Ramos-Ward, who lives in Acton has performed with many choirs throughout Ontario; and bass-baritone James Walke, who performs with several local choirs including the Guelph Chamber Choir.

Tickets are $15. Tickets for the Fergus performance are available in advance in Fergus at Melville United Church, Ralph Bassett Associates and Ron Wilkin Jewellers.   For the Guelph peformance, tickets are available in advance through the box office at the River Run Centre on Woolwich Street, or by phoning the box office at 519-837-5662, extension 5662.  Tickets (subject to availability) will also be available at the door on the evening of the performances. For more information contact Halls at 226-383-7537 or   email