Update and Invitation to Stand By Us – June 27, 2020
40 years later, we’re still singing together…just differently for now
Three months ago we were preparing to share with you our exciting plans to celebrate Guelph Chamber Choir’s 40th anniversary. How quickly we’ve had to pivot.
Today, we’re reshaping and adjusting those plans in anticipation of a very different season. Like all other choral groups we’re on a transformative journey. While singing together physically is on hiatus for now, our work is not. This interrupted period presents creative opportunities and necessities we could never have imagined — from creating virtual content and developing new digital tools to keeping our voices in shape while apart. The list goes on. It’s at once challenging and invigorating.
Guelph Chamber Choir will not only survive this hiatus, I am convinced that we will thrive. In time — after all the zooming and videos — we will regather joyfully to experience the thrill of choral music live.
In the coming weeks and months, we’ll share more news as our revised 40th anniversary season unfolds. We have some exciting celebratory projects in the works. Yes – there will be singing involved!
- a fresh new look
- a new community outreach program
- virtual choral projects
- a special anniversary museum exhibition
In the meantime, we invite you to stand by us. We debated the wisdom of sending out an appeal for donations now when we know there is so much need in our community. However, the reality is that the restorative power of music is more important than ever. We feel an enormous responsibility to ensure Guelph Chamber Choir’s ability to continue the marvelous tradition of choral excellence in our community. That’s why we’re reaching out to you now.
Your donation, no matter the size, will support us as we prepare to launch our new plans for this unprecedented 40th anniversary season. And donations via Canada Helps give us a chance to win $20,000; every $1 donated before June 30th is a chance to win!
As always, our deepest thanks to all of you who are continuing your generous support.
John Barnum, President
A Message from our Artistic Director – May 1, 2020
It has certainly been an unexpected and rather abrupt end to my first season as the new Artistic Director of the Guelph Chamber Choir. We were so close to our March 28th Rutter “Requiem” final concert of the season when the quarantine protocols came into effect and the world around us changed dramatically. Since then, we have been working hard to regroup and recreate our coming season, which happens to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this wonderful choir. The health of our singers and audience are our priority, and as such, our plans for the season ahead may change; however, we would like to share with you our excitement for what we hope will be the Guelph Chamber Choir’s 2020-2021 season.
For those of you who were planning to attend the Rutter “Requiem” thank you for your understanding and patience as we have navigated how best to proceed. We are pleased to tell you that we have not cancelled the performance, but have postponed the date to Saturday, September 19. We are cautiously hopeful that we will be able to present our popular Carols concert (Dec. 6th) and Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 19). Of course, all of our plans will guided by decisions and advice from provincial and municipal governments and public health officers. Please check the GCC website (guelphchamberchoir.ca) and our Facebook page (@GuelphChamberChoir) for updates.
These are trying days for us all, and it is in times like this that music can be so important, as a source of comfort, of inspiration and most of all, of hope. If you are able to do so, we would be most grateful to receive your 2020 donations. As with other arts organizations, the absence of tickets sales means your support is even more essential to our ability to continue to bring inspiring choral music to Guelph area community.
A message from the GCC Board of Directors – March 16, 2020
Under direction from Guelph’s Medical Officer of Health, the River Run Centre is closing for public events until April 30th, to prepare and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in our community. Unfortunately, that includes the Guelph Chamber Choir’s concert, Rutter’s Requiem and other works, scheduled for March 28th. We are disappointed, but the GCC continues to cooperate with the Public Health Unit and the City of Guelph to protect our choir members, our audience and the community-at-large.
More information will be provided as we consider options for rescheduling this concert. We will be reaching out to all ticket holders as soon as we have more information about new dates and/or cancellations. Please monitor the GCC website, our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.