“From Sea to Sea” … a Cross Canada Concert

Coming to St. James the Apostle Anglican Church on June 7, 2023 at 7:30 PM, join with the Women & Men of the Tay as we go across Canada with music from coast-to-coast. The choirs are under the direction of Brent McLaren with Raphael Shew and Pam Newton providing the accompaniment.

This unique program will feature a special choral tribute to the music of folk singer Stan Rogers. The audience will also experience beautiful choral sounds by some of Canada’s most respected arrangers.

This is the last full concert program prepared by Shelley McLaren, the choir’s founder and director for over 20 years, who sadly passed away from cancer in 2021. It was designed to be a joint concert, breaking with the tradition of holding a separate men’s and woman’s concert each June. The choral and visual program are being presented as a tribute to her many years of community service. Here is a list of just some of the songs the audience will be treated to.

  • “From Sea to Sea” … a Cross Canada Concert
    • The Maple Leaf Forever (SATB) – a cappella
    • Song for the Mira (SATB) arr. Calvert
    • Cape Breton Lullaby (SSA)
    • Three Alberta Cowboy Songs (SATB) – a cappella
      a – Alberta Homesteader
      b – Blood on the Saddle
      c – Flunky Jim
    • Changed Forever (SSA) – a cappella
    • Fogarty’s Cove (TTBB) – a cappella
    • Make and Break Harbour (SATB)
    • The Field Behind The Plow (SATB)
    • Watching the Apples Grow (TTBB)
    • Log Drivers Waltz (SSA) – a cappella
    • The Hockey Song (SATB)
    • We Rise Again (SATB)
    • Song for Peace (SATB)
    • O Canada (SATB)

Ticket sales for the concert will be available at a future date. Watch here for the announcement that they are on sale.

Spring 2020 — a clear vision ahead!

The Men and the Women of the Tay Choirs are gearing up for their spring season. The concert, entitled “From the River”, will take place on Sunday, June 7 starting at 7:30 PM at St. James the Apostle Anglican Church in Perth.

First rehearsal for the Men will occur on Monday, February 3 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at St. James the Apostle Anglican Church in Perth.

First rehearsal for the Women will occur on Wednesday, February 5 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at St. James the Apostle Anglican Church in Perth.

The Men will continue to rehearse every Monday with the exception of Monday, February 17 (Family Day), Monday, April 13 (Easter Monday) and Monday, May 18 (Victoria Day).

The Women will continue to rehearse every Wednesday with the exception of Wednesday, February 26 (Ash Wednesday).

Both choirs will come together for rehearsals on Wednesday April 15 and Wednesday, May 20. There will be dress rehearsals on Monday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 3 in preparation for the concert.

What music will the choirs be performing? The concert is an all-Canadian lineup of exceptional songs from coast to coast. Taking its inspiration from Psalm 72:8, “He shall have dominion also from Sea to Sea, and from the River unto the ends of the Earth.”, a wide variety of arrangements will be interwoven with words made famous about Canada. This is guaranteed to be a wonderful experience for singer and audience alike.

There are still a few openings in the Men’s and Women’s choirs. For more information contact musicofthetay@gmail.com

… photo credit: Stephen Shew