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Vancouver Cantata Singers

The Vancouver Cantata Singers (VCS) is a semi-professional Canadian choir in Vancouver, British Columbia, founded in 1959 by organist and conductor Hugh McLean.

VCS began as a non-auditioned community chorus. Positive reviews from music critics and successful appearances on CBC Radio, eventually inspired the chorus to become an auditioned semi-professional ensemble in the early 1970s when James Fankhauser began to lead the group, winning the Healey Willan Grand Prize[1] in 1984 and a Juno Award nomination for Best Classical Album (Vocal or Choral Performance) in 1994. From 2002 to 2012 the choir was headed by conductor Eric Hannan, who has led the group to win the Healey Willan Grand Prize both in 2008 and 2011. In 2013, long-time VCS member Paula Kremer became artistic director.[2]

In 2009, Vancouver Cantata Singers and the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries[3] began a collaboration and annually organize a fundraiser together ("Spinal Chord"[4]) which benefits spinal cord research and the arts through both non-profit organizations. The choir routinely performs at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre at Vancouver General Hospital as a part of this collaboration with ICORD.

Although the ensemble's name implies focus on music of the Baroque period, the Vancouver Cantata Singers also perform contemporary music, working frequently with local Canadian composers such as Peter Hannan, Kristopher Fulton, Imant Raminsh, Stephen Chatman, Jordan Nobles and they also perform pieces arranged by members of the choir. Other favoured composers in the VCS repertoire include Felix Mendelssohn, Arvo Pärt, and Franz Biebl.

Conductors

2013–present: Paula Kremer

2002–2012: Eric Hannan[5]

2001-2002: Peter Butterfield

1995-2000: Tony Funk, Assistant Conductor - Associate Conductor, 2000/2001

1973-2000: James Fankhauser

1966-1973: John Wiebe

1957-1966: Hugh McLean

Recordings

  • Vancouver Cantata Singers 50 (2011)
  • A Christmas Reprise (2005)
  • Rheinberger: Sacred Music, Vol. 5 (1999)
  • A 1640 Venetian Mass (1998)
  • Venetian Vespers of 1640 - 1994 Juno Award Nominee; Association of Canadian Choral Conductor's 1994 National Choral Award: Outstanding Choral Recording (1994)

Awards and Honours

2011: Winner of the Healey Willan Grand Prize

First Place: Chamber Choir category [6]

2010: First Place: Contemporary category [7]

2008: Winner of the Healey Willan Grand Prize

First Place: Chamber Choir category[8]

1984: Winner of the Healey Willan Grand Prize [9]

1994: Juno Nominee Best Classical Album (Vocal or Choral Performance), Venetian Vespers of 1640

References

  1. ^ "Grants and Prizes | The Canada Council for the Arts". Canadacouncil.ca. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  2. ^ Gordon, David (2013-07-05). "Long-time member to lead Vancouver Cantata Singers". Vancouversun.com. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  3. ^ "ICORD". ICORD. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  4. ^ "Spinal Chord: a gala evening in support of ICORD and Vancouver Cantata Singers". ICORD. 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Eric Hannan". Douglas.bc.ca. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  6. ^ "Amateur Choirs Winners 2011". Choralcanada.org. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  7. ^ "Amateur Choirs Winners 2010". Choralcanada.org. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  8. ^ Vancouver, The (2008-06-03). "Vancouver Cantata Singers on a roll". Canada.com. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  9. ^ "Grants and Prizes | The Canada Council for the Arts". Canadacouncil.ca. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 

External links

  • VCS Website
  • VCS YouTube
  • Spinal Chord Gala
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