Now in its 42nd season, the Elora Festival has established a reputation as Canada’s international choral festival, presenting world-class choirs and vocal ensembles over three weeks in July in the artists village of Elora, “Ontario’s most beautiful village”.
The Festival’s ensemble-in-residence is The Elora Singers, one of Canada’s finest professional chamber choirs.
The choir performs throughout the three weeks of the festival, both with solo concerts and in collaboration with guest artists and ensembles. The Elora Festival and The Elora Singers are both led by Artistic Director Mark Vuorinen.
The Elora Festival has presented such internationally-recognized choirs as the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Chanticleer, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal , the Trinity College Choir, the State Choir LATVIJA and such vocal ensembles as Voces 8, Cantus, The Gesualdo Six, and others.
Additional guest artists include such celebrated luminaries as Maureen Forrester, Gordon Lightfoot, Holly Cole, Sarah McLachlan, Moe Kaufman, Dame Cleo Laine, Jesse Cook, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Andre Laplante, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Randy Bachman, Ben Heppner, Chantal Kreviazuk, Natalie Macmaster and Measha Brueggergosman.
July in January 2022
Elora Festival presents
The Elora Singers contemplate love in a concert built around the premiere of Canadian composer Tim Corlis’ On Love, set to poetry of unity and love by the Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran. On Love contemplates love of many kinds: a spiritual love, love for one another, love for those to whom we are close, and importantly, love for those whom we do not know. This program also includes music by Gerald Finzi, John Sheppard, Rene Clausen, Maurice Duruflé, Arvo Pärt, and more.
July in January 2022
Featured Artists – The Elora Singers
The Elora Singers, under the direction of Dr. Mark Vuorinen, has established an international reputation as one of Canada’s finest professional choirs. Founded in 1980, it is the ensemble-in-residence of the Elora Festival for three weeks each summer, in addition to presenting a regular concert series, producing recordings, and touring across Canada and internationally.
With twelve releases on the NAXOS label, the Grammy- and JUNO-nominated Elora Singers is recognized for its rich, warm sound and clarity of texture. The choir is renowned for its diverse styles, for its commitment to presenting and commissioning Canadian repertoire, and for collaborating with Canadian and international artists. Recent and upcoming collaborations include Voces8, the State Choir LATVIJA, the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Festival of the Sound, Canadian composers Stephanie Martin and Peter-Anthony Togni and the TorQ Percussion Ensemble. A recording featuring new works by Barbara Croall (Giishkaapkag) and Reena Esmail (This Love Between Us) was released in 2020 and a new Christmas recording, Radiant Dawn, was released in November 2021.
Community outreach is a vital part of The Elora Singers’ mandate. We are pleased to provide the gift of music to Elora and Wellington County residents through our Arts Connect music program at the Elora Centre for the Arts and the Circle of Song program at Wellington Terrace Long-Term Care Home. In December 2020, we shared our Nativity Festival online concerts with almost 300 retirement and long-term care homes, hospitals and social services support centres across Ontario and Canada. In 2021, selected programming was shared with Public Health units and frontline staff across Ontario.