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. Third, it will be released Continue Reading

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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 amateurs- literally “those who engage Continue Reading

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Whisky Doll House is London’s finest forum for female singers and performers

If the Whisky Doll House is rocking, don’t bother knocking – just head on in to see London’s finest forum for female singers and performers covering a wide spectrum of musical styles and talents. The Whisky Doll House is presented weekly, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday evenings, at the Talbot St. Whisky House. The event is curated by noted Continue Reading

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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 in, we cannot hear it. Continue Reading

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Local songwriter Dave Semple takes a personal step towards Aboriginal reconciliation

Dave Semple, London, Ontario, has been invited to Parry Sound on June 21st to play his original song “Fighting Fire with Fire” at the reception following the unveiling of the Francis Pegahmagabow Memorial Semple entered "Fighting Fire with Fire" in the CBC Searchlight competition. Semple is a English/Drama teacher at Saunders Secondary School and has been active in the local Continue Reading

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Burke, Weedmark and Rogers to Propel 2016 Jack Richardson London Music Awards Show Gala

Veterans of London’s media scene are set to propel this year’s Jack Richardson London Music Awards as hosts. The JRLMA Steering Committee is proud to announce that Cheryl Weedmark, Sarah Burke and Derek Rogers will team up to host the Awards Gala on April 17 at the London Music Hall. Show producer Alexandra Kane said she is “proud to have Continue Reading

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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 enticing for the musicians themselves. Continue Reading

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Karen Schuessler Singers evoke creativity in London Composers Exposed! concert

Before venturing out during a snow squall warning to attend London Composers Exposed- I had a bout of nostalgia. I dusted off the 2005 report of the Creative Cities Committee - remember that group of worthies gathered by Gord Hume to examine the status of London as a “Creative City”- and to make recommendation on how to get there? If Continue Reading

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London Composers Exposed! — Kevin White

  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 has been writing about 20 new songs every year since then. Continue Reading

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Brian Ratcliffe

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 for several high school choirs as well as soloists Denise Pelley Continue Reading

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