By Shiona Mackenzie, Special to the News
Attention, men aged 19-plus. If you enjoy singing and want to support worthy causes, now’s the time to check out the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir.
The door is open for bass, baritone and tenor singers at any level and participants don’t need to be able to sight read. The choir meets Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at Peoples Church, 510 Mohawk Rd. W. The new season starts August 18.
“We’ve got some great concerts lined up this season,” said Keith Thomas, choir president. “We’re especially looking forward to Choirfest!, featuring several local singing groups, a spaghetti dinner-concert fundraiser and a fun Christmas concert.”
Founded in 1977, the choir sings to support community-building endeavours, fundraising efforts and to entertain with their extensive repertoire, ranging from ballads and folksongs to rousing gospel numbers, pop and jazz.
Canadian Orpheus Male Choir is a registered non-profit organization and has raised some $800,000 for charities, including Spec Kids and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Thomas said.
The choir has also performed in venues like Hamilton Place and Roy Thomson Hall, travelled on international concert tours and sung with high-calibre guest artists like baritone Jason Howard, violinist Martin Beaver, tenor Glyn Evans, and the Canadian Brass, among others.
This year, the choir is hoping to find sponsors so it can continue to bring excellent music to a variety of audiences and increase its charitable work in the greater Hamilton area.