History

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History

The Canadian Celtic Choir is a London-based SATB choir of more than fifty voices and was founded in 1996 to sing and promote Celtic choral music and culture in Southwestern Ontario. The choir has performed at the Canada Summer Games, Windsor Celtic Festival, Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, Owen Sound Celtic Festival, Fergus Highland Games, Home County Folk Festival (London), Canterbury Folk Festival (Ingersoll), Fieldcote Summer Music Series (Ancaster), Lighthouse Theatre (Port Dover), the opening of the Wolf Performance Hall (London, Ontario), and several times with Orchestra London. We have opened for the Men of The Deeps, The Irish Descendants, John McDermott, Lighthouse, and John Tesh.

 

The choir’s repertoire features songs primarily from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, and the Canadian Maritimes ranging from the traditional (including a few songs sung in Irish, Gaelic and Welsh) to the more contemporary. Recently we have commissioned exclusive arrangements of fifteen songs by London’s own Jeff Christmas including iconic comopositions such as “Pier 21” by John Wort Hannam, “Christmas in the Trenches” by John McCutcheon, and “Sonny’s Dream” by the late Ron Hynes.

 

The Choir has provided the city of London and surrounding communities with high quality choral music for more than 20 years and has built a solid reputation as one of the most in demand choirs in this area. Since 2010 the CCC has been conducted by William “Bill” Zadorsky and accompanied by Jean Willadsen on piano.

 

In March 2007, the Canadian Celtic Choir was the first choral group to be selected from outside of the Ottawa area to sing at a National Ceremony of Remembrance. We were honored to sing at the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge Service at the National War Memorial in Ottawa (and it was broadcast on national television).

 

In March 2008, the choir travelled to Maui, Hawaii, our first international tour. In July 2014, the choir toured Scotland and England for 10 days singing in historic venues such as Stirling Castle, St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, and at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare is buried. In June 2017 the choir will tour the Canadian Maritimes with stops in Moncton, Halifax, Baddeck and Charlottetown.

 

The choir won the Best Classical Vocal Group category of the London Music Awards in both 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2010 the CCC was inducted into the London Music Awards Hall of Fame. In 2012 we were nominated for the Most Popular Classical Choir at the 2012 Jack Richardson Music Awards, and won the award in 2015.
 
The CCC has released five CDs, Here’s To Song (2001), Christmas Remembered (2004) and We Rise Again (2007) which are all out of print. The two most recent CDs are: A Celtic Noel (2013), and Celtic Inspiration (2014). Both of these CDs are available for purchase from our website and at our concerts.

 

Our 2016-2017 concert schedule includes three performances at London's historic Aeolian Hall and two in the nearby communities of St. Thomas and Strathroy:


    Celtic Celebration, Saturday, November 26, 2016 – 7:30 pm, Central United Church in St. Thomas

 

    A Celtic Christmas Celebration  
    Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm, Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St, London

 

    Celtic Inspiration, Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 7:30 pm, St John The Evangelist Church, Strathroy

 

    Celtic Inspiration 3 with special guests CAIM from Scotland
    Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 7:30 pm, Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St, London

 

The Canadian Celtic Choir is a registered non-profit organization based in London, Ontario.


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