With the music of Handel and Bach as inspiration, the Chamber Singers of Algoma are performing at Precious Blood Cathedral on Sunday afternoon, April 22nd.
Ian Sadler, world renowned Organist and the Artistic Director and Conductor of The Stratford Concert Choir, The Cathedral Singers of Ontario and Organist of St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto is accompanying the choir.
Sadler in not a stranger to Sault audiences, having performed here on prior engagements, including with The Chamber Singers of Algoma and The Sault Symphony Orchestra.
For his dedication to promoting the organ and Canadian music, both at home and abroad, The Royal Canadian College of Organists honoured Sadler in 2007 with their highest award, ‘Fellowship of The Royal Canadian College of Organists’.
Sadler was born and raised in the United Kingdom, winning a Music Scholarship to The King’s School, Canterbury as a young person. Following high school, at age 17, he won the Organ Scholarship to Bristol University.
During postgraduate study at London University, Ian held the Organ Scholarship at St. Paul’s Cathedral from 1978-80. Ian holds degrees in musicology and education, with organ diplomas from Trinity College of Music and The Royal College of Organists. Before moving to Canada, in 1980, Sadler’s final engagement in the UK was to play the organ in the movie, ‘Chariots of Fire’.
Sadler moved to Canada in 1980 following his appointments in Toronto as Director of Music at Grace Church-on-the-Hill and Choral Director at Upper Canada College. As an organist, Ian has represented Canada internationally on many occasions. In 1986, the year that he became a Canadian citizen, he won 1st prize at the Syracuse International Organ Playing Competition in the USA.
As a Canadian recitalist, tours have since taken him to Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France (Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris), Austria (Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral), Australia (Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide and Melbourne), the USA (New York, Boston, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, San Francisco and Hawaii) and back to the UK (Winchester Cathedral, Truro Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, York Minster, St. Giles – Edinburgh, Coventry Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, King’s College Cambridge & St. Paul’s Cathedral).
Now in its 33rd season, the exquisite ensemble – Chamber Singers of Algoma – under the masterful direction of Patty Malone Gartshore, continues to elevate choral music, with repertoire and the interpretation of those pieces of music, that often leave the audience breathless. A person would most certainly leave the concert with an appreciation that they have experienced something in the realm of divine.
It is little wonder that an invitation to sing in The Vatican came to the choir in 2001. The Chamber Singers of Algoma travelled to Rome, Italy, where they performed in St. Peter’s Basilica , Sistine Chapel, before an audience, that included Pope John Paul II. An invitation to perform at The Canadian Embassy in Rome was also part of the 2001 trip. They have travelled to numerous Choral Festivals, domestic and abroad, including Toronto, Vienna, and The Czech Republic. In 2013, Chamber Singers of Algoma performed in Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY.
Founded in 1985, Chamber Singers of Algoma is comprised of about 40 folks from both sides of the Canada – U.S. border. Practices are every Monday evening, and it is on rare occasion that a member of the choir would miss one.
The Chamber Singers strive for perfection, as interpreted, and guided by director, Patty Gartshore. Their sound moves as one, with layers and textures; of tones and harmonies, consonance and dissonance; with notes suspended and held, sitting just underneath each other, inviting the audience to hear a story through music, scripted and composed, shared by a choir with ears tuned to listen.
Consider attending Sunday afternoon’s concert as part of your spring awakening.
Tickets for Sunday’s 3:00 pm performance are still available, and can be purchased at the door. Precious Blood Cathedral, downtown, Queen Street.