Performer

The Toronto Children’s Chorus is now marking its sixth year under the baton of Elise Bradley — and its 35th anniversary season. The TCC comprises a ‘family’ of choirs, the youngest being our Kinderchor for children aged 3 to 6, followed by the Training Choirs, which offer children 6 and older the opportunity to gradually progress into membership in the Main Choir (further subdivided into Cantare and Chorale levels). As the members of Chorale develop skills in vocal technique, sightsinging and theory, they may also be selected to join the prestigious Chamber Choir, which tours nationally and internationally—and possibly the elite Choral Scholars. Since its founding in 1978 by Jean Ashworth Bartle, the Chorus has won numerous competitions and performed at such revered venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, and the Musikverein, under the baton of such internationally celebrated conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling, and Sir David Willcocks. A regular guest of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the TCC was honoured to help celebrate the orchestra’s 90th Anniversary last season, performing with Christopher Plummer in William Walton’s Henry V, in Larysa Kuzmenko’s Behold the Night, and in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. In addition to demanding concert seasons, these young choral ambassadors have represented Toronto on over 25 national and international tours, most recently to Brazil, Argentina, Sweden and Ottawa. In July, Ms. Bradley and the Tour Choir look forward to participating in the Ihlombe Festival in Cape Town and Pretoria, South Africa.

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