TORONTO CHILDREN'S CHORUS
Recognized as one of the world’s leading treble choirs, the Toronto Children’s Chorus is now celebrating its 38th season and its ninth year under the baton of internationally renowned conductor Elise Bradley. Over the course of its history, the Chorus has won many competitions, including the International Eisteddfod in Wales and the CBC, Kathaumixw, and Let the Peoples Sing Competitions in Canada. The choir has also performed at such revered venues as the Musikverein, the Berlin Dom, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, the Sydney Opera House and Royal Albert Hall, under the baton of celebrated conductors Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Peter Oundjian, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling, and Sir David Willcocks.In addition to demanding concert seasons, these young choral ambassadors have represented Toronto and Canada on 27 international tours. In the summer of 2011, the Chorus had the honour of performing at the Melodia Festival in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, and also at the 9th World Symposium on Choral Music in Puerto Madryn, Argentina.
In 2012, the choristers travelled to Sweden to take part in the Adolf Fredrik Music School’s international festival, ‘Let the Future Sing', with choirs from Armenia, China, Estonia, Hungary, and the United States, and to Ottawa to participate at ‘Podium 2012’, the biennial national conference for choral conductors. In July 2013, the choristers toured to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Soweto to take part in the Ihlombe South Africa Choral Festival. During the 2013-2014 season, the choir enjoyed guest appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, hosted the New Zealand Youth Choir, and toured to Halifax to perform at ‘Podium 2014’, where its latest CD, Sounzscapes: From Our Lands - a juxtaposition of contemporary and First Nations music from Canada and New Zealand - received Choral Canada’s national award as ‘Outstanding Choral Recording’. In 2014-2015, the Chorus performed seven exciting concerts during its ‘Sounds of Splendour’ season.
The choristers were also honoured to appear as guest artists for the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Family Concert Series, Soundstreams’ Song for Athene tribute to John Tavener, McMichael Canadian Art Collection’s Sunday concert series, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Holst’s The Planets and a new commission, and Roy Thomson Hall’s Noon Hour Choir and Organ Concert Series. To crown a splendid year, the Chamber Choir toured to Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland - in their final concert in Krakow, the choristers had the honour of singing under legendary Polish composer and guest conductor Krzysztof Penderecki.
The Toronto Children’s Chorus is internationally recognized, not only for the consistently high standard of its performances and recordings, but also for its uniquely challenging and eclectic treble repertoire that spans diverse cultures, languages, traditions and musical genres. The Chorus has commissioned over forty new works that have enriched the treble voice repertoire. This season, entitled ‘Music of the Spheres’, will feature music from more than a dozen countries and special appearances by acclaimed guest soloists James Westman, Russell Braun and Krisztina Szabó. In March 2016, the Chamber Choir will also perform with the Boston City Singers and at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
ELISE BRADLEY, conductor
This season marks Elise Bradley’s ninth year as Artistic Director of the Toronto Children’s Chorus. A passionate musician, award-winning conductor, and internationally respected adjudicator and clinician, Ms. Bradley served for many years as Head of Department, Music at Westlake Girls’ High School in Auckland, New Zealand. She was also a soloist and member of New Zealand’s national Chamber Choir, TOWER Voices NZ, with whom she has recorded.
As Artistic Director, Ms. Bradley has commissioned Canadian composers Martin van de Ven, Ruth Watson Henderson, Donald Patriquin and Elise Letourneau to write new works to be premiered by the Toronto Children's Chorus. She has also prepared the Main Choir to perform as guests of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Bach Consort, Soundstreams, and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. The TCC’s latest CD, Sounzscapes: From Our Lands -a juxtaposition of contemporary and First Nations music from Canada and New Zealand- was recently named ‘Outstanding Choral Recording’ by Choral Canada.Ms. Bradley continues to receive many invitations to work with choirs and present at conferences around the world, most recently in China, Korea, Australia, the United States, Colombia, and across Canada.