2020-2021 Season

Poster for A Child's Christmas in Wales, featuring a painting of a snowy town at night with stars and large pine trees A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7:30pm
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The chestnuts are roasting, the bells are ringing in the bat-black belfries, and Auntie Hannah is into the parsnip wine. Join us on December 12th as we rediscover Christmas through the eyes of a child in our online presentation of Dylan Thomas’s classic narrative A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Featuring actor Richard Partington, soprano Melanie Conly, tenor Joshua Clemenger, and members of the Annex Chamber Choir, this enchanting performance will include works by Morley, Rossini, and Walton, along with a selection of favourite seasonal carols. With storytelling as our warp and song as our weft, we’ll weave a rich tapestry that is sure to invoke the spirit of the season.

Free admission; donations appreciated. Click here for tickets!


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Past Seasons

2019-2020 Season

Winter Light

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Grace Church on-the-Hill

From the longest night to the return of light, we sing the many facts of the season, celebrating our native landscapes with a distinctly Canadian accent. Pieces by Harris, Thompson, Ingari, Lightfoot, and others. We welcome guest artists Ariko, a Franco-Ontarian fiddle trio whose rich vocal harmonies and dynamic rhythms abound with jazz and zydeco inflections.

Carmina Burana

CANCELLED (To be rescheduled at a later date)
Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Grace Church on-the-Hill

Virtues and vices alike tumble when Fortuna spins her wheel! Join us in celebrating spring with the boisterous and spirited Carmina Burana, featuring a stellar cast of soloists — soprano Melanie Conly, tenor Joshua Clemenger, and bass-baritone Alex Halliday — along with the singers of Young Voices Toronto, duo pianists Coral Solomon and Michael Berkovsky, and a percussion ensemble headed by Alejandro Céspedes. Complementing Carl Orff’s monumental work is an intimate set of pieces inspired by the Song of Solomon and focusing on the gentler themes of love and nature. Featured composers include Willan, Whitacre and Grieg.

This Shining Night

CANCELLED
Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Grace Church on-the-Hill

The choir has spoken! In this “by request” concert, the choir will sing a programme of pieces that have especially touched our hearts, and are certain to win yours. Our musical offering features some of the best loved choral gems of the past five centuries, by Palestrina, Tallis, Rheinberger, Barber, Lauridsen, the Beatles, and others.


2018-2019 Season

Gloria!

December 15, 2018 at Grace Church on-the-Hill

Light up the season with glorious song! Poulenc’s magnificent Gloria is at the heart of our programme as we sing the Christmas story through familiar favourites and new discoveries. Featuring Nicole Hulme, soprano, and Stephen Boda, organ.

Camerata: A Day in Song

February 23, 2019

Join the Annex Chamber Choir as we trace the course of a day in song. From Mendelssohn and Morley to Dolly Parton and U2, we present our most eclectic programme yet. Featuring guest artist Raffi Altounian, guitar.

Immortal Mozart

April 6, 2019 at Grace Church on-the-Hill

The astonishing scope of Mozart’s unfinished Great Mass in C minor is paired with the concise perfection of Haydn’s Te Deum and the shimmering beauty of Elgar’s Lux Aeterna. Featuring The Talisker Players and four stellar soloists.

Underneath the Stars

June 1, 2019 at Grace Church on-the-Hill

Moonbeams and stardust light up our final programme of the season — a cabaret concert of jazz standards and popular songs on the theme of celestial night. Selections by Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, and other Songbook luminaries.


2017-2018 Season

December Diaries: A Choral Drama

December 9 & 10, 2017

Shackleton ice-bound at the South Pole, Champlain’s first winter in New France, the Christmas Truce of 1914… journey with us to three remarkable Christmases past as we encounter individuals creating meaning for themselves in the face of unimaginable hardship.

Camerata

March 3, 2018

The Annex Chamber Choir presents an eclectic programme in an intimate setting, highlighting jewels of the chamber repertoire by Dufay, Tallis, Rheinberger, Sirett, Gershwin, and others. Featuring guest artist Mark Chambers, cello.

North by Northeast 

May 5, 2018

Contemporary choral music by Scandinavian and Baltic composers is lighting up the northern sky! Join us for a luminous evening, featuring Dobrogosz’s Jazz Mass (Sweden), and including music by Gjeilo (Norway), Pärt (Estonia), Ešenvalds (Latvia) and Miškinis (Lithuania).


2016-2017 Season

Noël

December 17, 2016

From the homespun carols of his native France, Marc-Antoine Charpentier weaves a magnificent tapestry in his Messe de Minuit. Carols remain at the heart of our programme with settings by Praetorius, Willan, Rutter, Sandström and others, including a world premiere.

Cabaret: Rocks and Trees
(and trees and rocks…)

June 3, 2017

From the fun and folksy to the sublimely poetic, we present the Canadian Songbook with words and music from our nation’s troubadours, including Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Stan Rogers and Wade Hemsworth.


2015-2016 Season

Gaudete! 

December 12, 2015

Ancient words meet modern settings in Benjamin Britten’s
A Ceremony of Carols, while the spirit of the season sparkles in shorter Renaissance and contemporary works by Victoria, Poulenc, Tavener, and Stopford. Featuring guest artist Julia Seager-Scott, harp.

Camerata

March 5, 2016

The Annex Singers Chamber Choir in an eclectic programme highlighting jewels of the chamber repertoire by Victoria, Byrd, Mendelssohn, Grieg and Nyberg, along with selections from the American Songbook. Featuring guest artist Mark Chambers, cello.

Songs & Sonnets: A Shakespeare Celebration

May 7, 2016 

Commemorating the words, life and times of the Bard with Renaissance works by Tallis, Dowland, Morley and Byrd, as well as contemporary settings of songs and sonnets by Matthew Harris, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi and legendary jazz composer George Shearing. Guest artist Cynthia Hiebert, harpsichord.


2014-2015 Season

The Ice Storm

December 13, 2014 

What really happened when the lights went out? Come find out at The Ice Storm, a new choral drama featuring an original script. Through words and music, we will revisit the bother and blessing of last winter, and discover that on the darkest night, the stars shine brightest.

Till Beauty Shines

April 18, 2015

Featuring one of Haydn’s finest works, the tempestuous Mass for Troubled Times, better known as the Lord Nelson Mass. After the storm has settled, we present songs of love and peace. We are joined by the Talisker Players and four stellar soloists for this celebration of 35 years of singing.

Cabaret: Where in the World? 

May 30, 2015

It’s time to put on your travellin’ shoes, and join the Annex Singers as we take you on a journey that traverses the globe in song. All aboard!


2013-2014 Season

The M Files

December 14, 2013

Mysterium. Magnificat. Maria. A celebration of the ancient texts of the season, as interpreted by composers spanning oceans and time. Including music by Josquin, Rachmaninoff, Raminsh, and Pärt. Featuring guest artist Sarah Christina Steinert, mezzo-soprano.

Camerata 

February 22, 2014

The Annex Chamber Chorus presents its first full-scale concert, which will feature an eclectic programme in an intimate setting. The evening will highlight works by Josquin, Palestrina, Britten, Gilbert and Sullivan, and the Beatles. Featuring guest artist Lucas Harris, lute.

The Road Home

May 3, 2014

Exile, sojourn, and return — a musical pilgrimage that explores the varied nature of heart, hearth, and home. Selections by Palestrina, Barber, Brahms, Whitacre, and Canadian folk legends Wade Hemsworth and Stan Rogers. Featuring guest artists soprano Tina Torlone and fiddler Miranda Mulholland.


2012-2013 Season

December Diaries

December 8, 2012

An original programme exploring the generosity of spirit of this special season. The evening is a feast or words and music, including seasonal carols and music by Purcell, Lully, Britten, and others. Guests are Dora-nominated actors Barbara Gordon and Kevin Hanchard and renowned fiddler Anne Lindsay.

Heaven and Earth

April 13, 2013

From the heavenly heights of Faure’s serene Requiem to the joyful tumult of life here below, we celebrate the imminent arrival of spring with music sacred and profane. Featuring guest artists Paulina Swierczek, soprano, and Domenico Sanfilippo, baritone.

Cabaret: The Food of Love

May 25, 2013

If music be the food of love, play on…
Be our guest at our spring cabaret, an evening of great music, good food and flowing wine. We’ll be serving up a banquet of Broadway tunes, standards, popular classics and contemporary hits.


2011-2012 Season

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

December 10, 2011

Rediscover Christmas through the eyes of a child in our presentation of Dylan Thomas’s classic narrative. Featuring actor Richard Partington and the Broadview Brass, selections include seasonal carols and music by Sweelinck, Arne, Joubert, Walton, and Lauridsen.

Into Light 

March 31, 2012

Join us as we usher in Spring with a programme that celebrates the growing light of the season, featuring songs of hope and inspiration. We are delighted to be joined by soprano Paulina Swierczek, who will perform a set of art songs, including the world premiere of a new work by our own Maria Case.

Opera Choruses

May 26, 2012

From the sublime to the ridiculous, our programme features choruses of love, hate, passion, fate, freedom, adventure, and drinking! Featuring a return of guest performers soprano Lindsay Heyland and tenor Justin Ralph, both of whom thrilled us in last year’s Choral Masterworks.


2010-2011 Season

Christmas at Holy Rosary

December 10, 2010

Celebrating the season at Holy Rosary church, exploring works from the past 600 years with guest ensemble the Broadview Brass.

Choral Masterworks

April 9, 2011

Performances of some of the best-loved choruses from major works of the choral repertoire. Featuring guest performers: Lindsay Heyland, Justin Ralph and Jesse Malone.

The Weather Report

May 28, 2011

How’s the weather? Come find out at our spring cabaret, but be prepared for a little stormy weather, as well as sunshine, showers and everything in between.


2009-2010 Season

Christmas Near and Far

December 12, 2009

Celebrating the season with carols from a wide variety of musical traditions, each sung in its original language.

Songs of the Earth

April 17, 2010

Excerpts from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana as well as a set based on the Song of Songs. Featuring guest performers: Philip Kalmanovitch, Allison Cecilia Arends, Elaine Lau, Adam Sherkin, Alejandro Cespedes, Bruce Chi, Joel Cormier, Etienne Levesque, J. Rafael Ponciano, Ed Squires

It’s About Time

May 29, 2010

Our 30th anniversary celebration featuring songs on the theme of time – past, present, and what is to come.


2008-2009 Season

Choruses and Carols

December 12, 2008

Celebrating the season with famous choruses and carols both old and new.

Shout!

April 25, 2009

Featuring Steve Dobrogosz’s Jazz Mass and Haydn’s Te Deum.

Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

May 30, 2009

A veritable rogues’ gallery of blackguards, knaves and femmes fatales!


2007-2008 Season

What Sweeter Music

December 1, 2007

Season’s greetings courtesy of Charpentier. This midnight mass and other holiday favourites will help you get into the spirit of the season.

Schubert, Spring & Song

April 12, 2008

French, English and German madrigals and a Mass by an Austrian you might know. Join us for this initiation of the Spring!

Cabaret: La Vie Boheme

May 31, 2008

Celebrating the life Bohemian and the road less traveled.


2006-2007 Season

Mozart, Madrigals & More

April 14, 2007

Featuring Mozart’s Coronation Mass, this performance will also feature popular madrigals and time honoured love songs.

Cabaret: Heavenly Bodies

June 2, 2007

With songs of the sun, moon and stars, this performance will have your head in the clouds and stars in your eyes; a tribute to to all things heavenly.