Performances and Repertoire
Appearing in three to five concerts per year with the Kingston Symphony at Grant Hall (Queen's University), the Grand Theatre, and St George's and St Mary's cathedrals, the Kingston Choral Society has performed a variety of major works, including Bach's Mass in B Minor, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, Orff's Carmina Burana, Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony and Flos Campi, and Verdi's Requiem. The choir has also given concert performances, hosted by Stuart Hamilton beginning in 1998, of Beethoven's Fidelio, Bizet's Carmen, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and Verdi's La Traviata. Other highlights have included its 1974 appearance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Mario Bernardi on CBC Tuesday Night; and performances with guest conductors Alexander Brott and Nicholas Goldschmidt and soloists Maureen Forrester, Jean Stilwell, Theodore Baerg, Russell Braun, and Measha Brueggergosman.
Apart from the standard Western repertoire, the Kingston Choral Society has incorporated a number of works by Canadian composers. The choir presented an all-Canadian program under guest conductor Godfrey Ridout in 1964, and has subsequently performed works by Sir Ernest MacMillan and R. Murray Schafer. Among others, it has premiered F.R.C. Clarke's Festival Te Deum (11 Mar 1973, commissioned to mark Kingston's tercentennial) and Healey Willan's Requiem Mass (completed and orchestrated by Clarke in 1988 and performed on the CBC broadcast of the 1989 International Choral Festival). In 2002 the Kingston Choral Society and the Kingston Symphony premiered Srul Irving Glick's final commissioned work, Isaiah.
Author Alan H. Cowle, Sarah Church
Links to Other Sites
Association of Canadian Choral Communities
The website for the Association of Canadian Choral Communities. Features a listing of Canadian and international festivals as well as the latest news about activities and projects. Click on "Links" for links to provincial choral organizations and related sites.
Kingston Choral Society
An information page about the Kingston Choral Society. From the website for Volunteer & Information Kingston.
Graham George fonds
This site features a biographical sketch of Graham George, founder and conductor of the Kingston Choral Society and the New Symphony Orchestra of Kingston. From Library and Archives Canada.
Kingston Symphony Association
The website for the Kingston Symphony Association, the umbrella organization for five performing ensembles including the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, the Kingston Choral Society, the Kingston Youth Orchestra, the Kingston Youth Strings, and the Kingston Community Strings.