Category Archives: Music

Nicole Laidler Takes 5 with Chris Harding of Amabile Choirs

Members of London’s Amabile Choirs have been busy recording their 24th CD. This disc, entitled “Sing Your Song”, is special for several reasons. First, it pays tribute to Amabile co-founder John Barron and long-time conductor Ken Fleet. Second, it features 16 never commercially released works by renowned Canadian composer (and former Amabile chorister) Matthew Emery.…
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Daina Janitis reviews London Community Orchestra’s May 8th concert

If music be the food of love, play on… Start googling for the source of that well-worn phrase and you’re led to the 1998 publication by Dr. Gary Chapman on the five “languages of love”. Although the good doctor’s book was meant for couples counselling, its universal wisdom applies well to any passion pursued by…
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Daina Janitis previews Sunday’s London Youth Symphony concert

Sit, Jessica. Look how the floor of heaven Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold: There's not the smallest orb which thou behold'st But in his motion like an angel sings, Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins; Such harmony is in immortal souls; But whilst this muddy vesture of decay Doth grossly close it…
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Daina Janitis reviews Pacifica Quartet concert

Okay, I finally GET it!...as a dutiful key-thumping piano student in Toronto, I remember feeling so darned lonely during practice and painfully singled out during performances. Before attending the April 8th, 2016 Jeffery Concert with The Pacifica Quartet, I searched for an explanation for what made chamber music so popular for London audiences- and so…
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London Composers Exposed! — Kevin White

  [caption id="attachment_932" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Kevin White[/caption] Kevin White was born on the east coast of Canada, in the province of New Brunswick. No matter what else he was doing as a career—medicine, university teaching, or professional medical writing—Kevin has written songs. Self-taught, he wrote his first song when he was twelve years old and…
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Brian Ratcliffe

[caption id="attachment_929" align="aligncenter" width="240"] Brian Ratcliffe[/caption] Brian holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Western Ontario. He composes and arranges on an “as needed” basis, primarily for the annual benefit concert for Canadian Aid to Southern Sudan (at least 15 so far) (http://www.web.net/~cass/index.shtml), for which he arranges and composes…
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