Audience reviews – Raven and the First Men for string quartet

Winnipeg, New Zealand String Quartet, Igor Begelman

“I am enthralled with the first part of the program tonight. The Corlis was like nothing I have heard before. It made music different and lovely and wonderful…. More music like this will bring young faces & me to the concerts happily… The group: fantastic; sparkling; great energy.”

“The Raven piece was very moving and expressive. The visuals were helpful.”

“Corlis piece outstanding.”

“Corlis -  brilliant; listeners and performers were totally caught up in the music, unaware of the amazing technique required to make it happen. Bravo!”

Raven and the First Men – University of Winnipeg

The New Zealand String Quartet

With Igor Begelman, Clarinet

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 8PM, Eckhardt Gramatte Hall

PROGRAMME: Timothy Corlis Raven and The First Menwith film by David N. DorringtonJohn Psathas “Manos, Unbridled”; Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 12; MozartClarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581

Here is a sample of what will be performed on Saturday’s concert, this excerpt features James Campbell on clarinet with the New Zealand String Quartet…

Canzona at Winnipeg Organ Festival – A Symbol of Promise

HUGE thank-you to all the singers of Canzona, Elroy Friesen, and organist Jenny Vincent for the premiere performance of A Symbol of Promise at the Winnipeg Organ Festival. Also, a very warm thank-you to Lottie Enns-Braun for 100′s of hours of organizing and for her kind mentorship throughout.

Here is a short excerpt from the performance – BRAVO and congratulations to all the performers!


Elektra Women’s Choir with Bev Johnston – Fire Flowers

Warmest thanks to Morna Edmundson, Bev Johnston and Elektra Women’s choir for this beautiful recording from Heart Songs of the White Wampum. This song, Fire Flowers, is dedicated to the memory of Vilupti’s house on Galiano Island, that burned to ground Sept 18, 2014. So many priceless gifts, holding memories from friends and family were lost. It was a destination for many visitors who were received with generosity and kindness.

poetry by E. Pauline Johnson
performed by Elektra Women’s Choir, March 14, 2015
with guest artist, Beverley Johnston, marimba
Ryerson United Church, Vancouver BC

III. Fire Flowers

And only where the forest fires have sped,
Scorching relentlessly the cool north lands,
A sweet wild flower lifts its purple head,
And, like some gentle spirit sorrow-fed,
It hides the scars with almost human hands.

And only to the heart that knows of grief,
Of desolating fire, of human pain,
There comes some purifying sweet belief,
Some fellow-feeling beautiful, if brief.
And life revives, and blossoms once again.


Carnegie Hall Review – A Cappella Next



Noel Edison and the Elora Festival Singers premiered Immortality, poem by Sri Chinmoy, as part of their Carnegie Hall program this past Friday. Bravo Noel and choir, Bravo!!

Immortality, by Timothy Corlis, was for this listener, the highlight of the evening. A crowd-pleaser from start to finish, it is a work with something for everyone- driving energy, brilliance, spine-tingling moments, sublime beauty, and a build-up to a climax that explodes before fading away.”

- Jeffrey Williams, New York Concert Review

For the full review…

NYC Review – Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall Commission – Elora Festival Singers

Noel Edison and the Elora Festival Singers are scheduled to perform a new commissioned work at Carnegie Hall, March 13. The new work is entitled “Immortality,” a setting of the poem by the same title by Sri Chinmoy.

Some press info from the Wellington Advertiser…

ELORA - The Elora Festival Singers have been asked to perform at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall on March 13 as part of the a capella Next! concert series.

Invited by Distinguished Concerts International from New York, the Elora Festival Singers will soon take to the stage at Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall. Named after the famous German composer Kurt Weil, the intimate 268-seat recital hall will host a New York audience to hear the sounds of the Grammy- and Juno-nominated Elora group.

The program includes choral works by Eric Whitacre, Stephen Chatman, Heally Willan and a piece by Canadian composer, Timothy Corlis, commissioned for the event.

…from the KW Record about the preview concert in Elora…

ELORA — The Elora Festival Singers are creating a stir of excitement in the region.

They have been invited to perform at New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall on March 13.

The all-professional Grammy and Juno-nominated chamber choir was founded in 1980 and holds a reputation for being one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada.

This reputation landed them a performance in New York, but not before giving their local fans a sneak peak of this concert.

On March 8, under the helm of Noel Edison, the audience will be treated to choral works by Eric Whitacre, Stephen Chatman and Heally Willan, to name a few.

Composer Timothy Corlis also wrote a new piece for this special performance.

“The performance in New York is a great opportunity for a cultural exchange to take place with especially those concert-going coral enthusiasts,” said Esther Farrell, manager of the Elora Festival Singers.

“It’s very exciting and we hope that this will, in the future, allow for more performances throughout the United States,” Farrell said.

You can send the Festival Singers off with a huge applause on Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m., at St. John’s Church in Elora.

Ticketing information on the New York concert at…

Beverley Johnston with Elektra Women’s Choir






Percussionist Bev Johnston and Elektra Women’s Choir will be performing a new work entitled, “Heart Songs of the White Wampum” on March 14 in Vancouver.

About the work…

Heart Songs of the White Wampum is a setting for four poems from the anthology Flint and Feather written by the Canadian poet E. Pauline Johnson. She was raised in Southern Ontario, the daughter of an English immigrant and a Mohawk Chief. Her Mohawk name was Tekahionwake. Two of the poems are taken from a previously published collection entitled The White Wampum. This title refers to a type of shell widely used as currency in North America around the time of western contact. The white wampum was a highly valuable denomination within this monetary system. These poems express Johnson’s love of nature, both in their joy and playfulness and in the sincere way they express feelings of compassion and tenderness. Pauline Johnson died in 1913 and is buried in Stanley Park, Vancouver.

This piece was commissioned by Elektra Women’s Choir, Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director, Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont, Dr. Dawn Willis, Artistic Director, and the University of Toronto Women’s Chamber Choir, Dr.  Hilary Apfelstadt, Conductor. Commissioned with the generous financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Diane Loomer Commissioning Fund for Elektra Women’s Choir.

…concert info at…