Achill-Georgetown Choral Societies Holland Tour (1990)

Holland Tour Spring 1990 Cassette Cover
  1. Rise Up My Love
  2. How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place
  3. Dry Bones
  4. Feller From Fortune
  5. Red and Yellow and Blue
  6. Peter on de Sea, Sea, Sea, Sea
  7. Joshua Fit de Battle
  8. Gloria
  9. Battle Hymn of the Republic
  10. Jubilate Deo
  11. Et In Terra Pax
  12. Ave Maria
  13. Somewhere Out There
  14. Oh! Susanna
  15. The Lord is My Shepherd
  16. Variations – Wilhelmus van Nassauwe/O Canada

This recording features selections as presented by the combined choirs while on tour representing Canada in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Librartion of Holland. Recorded in St. Jeriskerk, Amersfoot, Holland

Recording: STH Records, Holland; Sound Engineer: Dolph Thierry
Photograph: John Lutgendorff

The Achill Choral Society (A.C.S.) and Georgetown Choral Society (G.C.S.), two amateur Canadian choirs, are bonded by a love of singing and the desire to share the art of choral music. The choirs are based in two rapidly growing communities, north and west of Toronto.

The formation of each choir was the direct result of the vision, initiative and action of individuals who recognized the need to explore a broader spectrum of choral music. The direct link between the choirs is the Choral Director, Mr. A. Dale Wood. This relationship was provided opportunities for the exchange of musical ideas, an expanded musical repertoire and combined-choir concerts.

A. Dale Wood, a resident of Georgetown, has been the Choral Director of the G.C.S. since 1975, and the A.C.S. since it inception in 1982. He began his musical training at the age of three and is a graduate of the School of Music, University of Toronto. In addition to his choral responsibilities with the G.C.S. and the A.C.S., Mr. Wood is the Director of Music as Grace United Church, Brampton, and teaches organ, piano, voice and music theory.

Christopher Dawes was invited to accompany the choir for the concerts in Canada, Holland and for this recording. Mr. Dawes is currently the organist and Music Director at All Saints Church, Kingsways, Toronto, and accompanist for the University of Toronto Hart House Chorus. He is frequently the guest accompanist for vocal recitals and choral concerts, and is an accomplished organ solist.

Additional musicians:
Brass – Herman Drost, Henk-Jan Drost, Marcel Treffers;
Organ – Willem van Suijdam;
Piano – Bert Koelewijn

In May 1990, the people of Holland celebrated the 45th Anniversary of their liberation from Nazi domination. The vivid memories of the war years and the role that Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces played in their liberation, have created a special bond of friendship with Canada in the hearts of the poeple of Holland. The Ettens Mannenkoor (Mens Choir), from Etten in the province Gelderland, extended an invitation to the A.C.S. and G.C.S. to travel to Holland and participate in a series of choral celebrations. The Canadian choirs were honoured to accept this invitation to join in the commemorative events. Some of the choir members are native to the Netherlands and others had family members involved in the Liberation of Holland.

During the 10 day tour of Holland, the choir participated in four concerts, two memorial services and the production of this recording, made in St. Joriskerk, Amersfoot. It contains selections from the repertoir performed while on tour in Holland. Included on this recording is an arrangement of the National Anthems of Holland and Canada by Willem van Suijdam. We are grateful to Mr. van Suijdam for this arrangement, for the role he played as a liason between the Holland and Canadian choirs and for his assisstance with this recording.

The choir is especially thankful to the Ettens Mannenkoor and their families. Their warm hospitality and constant support throughout the tour made the experience memorable.