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KSS Singathon

Friday, April 25th, 2014

A Singathon is pure fun. You set up choir risers in the middle of the food court in a mall, put up a couple tables to connect with the public, get some forms for donations, draws, and dedications and then just sing all your favourite pieces for four hours!

See more photos from the Singathon in our Gallery!

In this endeavor we were aided and abetted admirably by six illustrious Guest Conductors—City Councilors Gina Barber, Matt Brown, Judy Bryant and Jim Swan and pop musicians Gina Farrugia and Yuri Pool. They bravely grabbed a “baton” – fly swatter, fairy wand, or rubber chicken, you name it – and worked their magic, leading the choir enthusiastically in the Hallelujah Chorus, Imagine, a medley of Motown hits and others.

Because a Singathon is a fundraiser, anyone can conduct the choir for a donation of $10. Several came forward to try their hand, but two very special conductors were Tobias, age 5, and Mari, age 4, who solemnly gave the donation and courageously stood in front of 30 towering adults, brilliantly directing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Mary (ahem, Mari) Had a Little Lamb. I’d better look out for my job!

Along with special conductors were the song Dedications, which kept pouring in! For $5 you could dedicate a song to your favourite person and the choir would sing it with gusto!

A favourite part of the afternoon was the sing-a-long. Half the mall raised their voices in Cabaret, Edelweiss, This Land Is Your Land and other popular songs. Did they want to stop? No way! When you sing, you feel good.

A more enjoyable way to promote our choir, raise necessary funds and share our music with anyone and everyone is hard to imagine. The good will generated from this wonderful event will spread positive energy for a long time to come.

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Why Festival 500?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Festival 500
Our upcoming Cabaret, Beatles and Friends, will help raise funds for KSS to attend Festival 500, the highly respected international choral festival to be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland in July 2011.

Below are Karen’s top 10 reasons to get excited about this trip:

1. We will learn how to be better choristers, better singers, and become a better and more effective and cohesive ensemble

2. We will have several intense performance experiences in a short span of time in different and unusual venues with different types of audiences

3. We will deepen our friendships and our relationships within our ensemble, strengthening our choral unity

4. We will make many new friends

5. We will make choral connections with people from around the world

6. We will hear many other ensembles of all types and levels and learn from them

7. We will get new ideas for repertoire, and concert themes

8. We will discover what works in other communities around the globe to further the important impact of the choral art

9. We will share challenges and share solutions

10. We will feel like part of a world of song and expand our cultural, artistic, musical, social, and choral horizons

The Cabaret is this Saturday evening at the London Ukrainian Centre. Get your tickets now!

Beatles and Friends Music

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Beatles and Friends
Curious about the music featured in our upcoming fundraising cabaret, Beatles and Friends? Artistic Director Karen Schuessler was looking through the KSS repertoire for fun, upbeat music, and rediscovered our Strawberry Fields concert (June 2007), which has the distinction of being our most popular concert ever.

Karen loves the arrangement of Michelle (Lennon & McCartney) by Grayston Ives for the King’s Singers. It has wonderful harmonies, complex six-part singing, and lots of room for expression that makes the piece a rich musical experience every time. Karen says we’ll be singing it for years.

She also loves two other songs on the program: Battle of Jericho and Let Me Fly. They’re high-energy spirituals from our Road to Freedom CD. We haven’t done them for a couple of years, and they’re great songs!

John Lennon’s Imagine is another great favorite of Karen’s. “The text is child-like in its wonder and clarity of a better world. And as Einstein said, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ If we can imagine a better world, then we’re half-way there!”

The cabaret is Saturday, February 12, 2011. The evening will feature music of the Beatles, and include specials guests Jazz on Broadway (Steve Holowitz, Amber Cunningham and Paul Grambo). There will also be a silent auction, complimentary food and a cash bar. The cabaret is being held at the London Ukrainian Centre, 247 Adelaide Street North. Silent auction opens at 6:30 p.m. and cabaret begins at 8:00 p.m.

To purchase tickets, click here to navigate to our Concerts and Tickets page.

Beatles and Friends

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Beatles and Friends cabaret poster
KSS is having our second annual cabaret fundraiser on February 12, 2011. The evening will feature music of the Beatles, and include specials guests Jazz on Broadway (Steve Holowitz, Amber Cunningham and Paul Grambo). There will also be a silent auction, complimentary food and a cash bar. The cabaret is being held at the London Ukrainian Centre, 247 Adelaide Street North. Silent auction opens at 6:30 p.m. and cabaret begins at 8:00 p.m.

To purchase tickets, click here to navigate to our Concerts and Tickets page.