Together in Song (1997)

Together in Song CD Cover

The Hereford Police Choir

  1. A Roman War Song
  2. The Old Woman
  3. Dashenka
  4. The Farmer's Boy
  5. My Luve is like a red, red Rose
  6. One Day at a Time
  7. Songs of Freedom

The Achill and Georgetown Choral Societies

  1. Zadok the Priest
  2. Who is at my Window, Who?
  3. Cantique de Jean Racine
  4. Feller from Fortune
  5. Danse, Mon Moin, Danse!
  6. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  7. Ain'-a That Good News
  8. We Rise Again

The Achill and Georgetown Choral Societies
with the Hereford Police Choir

  1. Jerusalem
  2. Land of Hope and Glory

Recorded at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada, May 1997
Recorded by David Burnham

Logo Design: Amy Wilding, Steve Brockmann

Special thanks to the Ford Motor Company of Canada for their corporate sponsorship of the performance, the Amedeus Choir for the cooperation and assistance, and the Achill/Georgetown Tour Committee

This choral program is from a live recording of a concert performed in May, 1997 at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada. The Achill and Georgetown Choral Societies under the direction of A. Dale Wood hosted the Hereford Police Male Voice Choir from Hereford, England, under the direction of Alan Taylor.

The three choirs originally met when the Canadian choirs toured Holland and England in May 1995 to commerate fifty years following the end of World War II. The idea of an exchange visit soon took hold and was realized in this exciting evening of choral fellowship.

The Achill and Georgetown Choral Societies

The Achill Choral Society began as a community choir in 1982, drawing members from an area north-west of Toronto, including Alliston, Bolton, Caledon East, Orangeville, Tottenham, and Shelburne. The Georgetown Choral Society was founded in 1971, with members from Georgetown, Acton, Brampton, and Mississauga. Both choirs perform regular concerts in their respective communities ranging from light cabaret to sacred music and other classical works. They share the inspiring leadership of their musical director, A. Dale Wood.

Together, the choirs made a concert tour of Holland in 1990. They hosted the Dutch Ettens Mannenkoor in 1992 for a performance at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. In 1995, the two choirs represented Canada at the 50th Anniversary VE Day celebrations in Holland and England.

The Hereford Police Male Voice Choir

The Hereford Police Choir exists to provide entertainment and enjoyment for audiences and it owen members, to raise money for charities, and to further police/public relations. The choir began in 1957 founded by a handful of singing policemen from Hereford, England. Now numbering approximately 80, the choir includes a few founding members, active and retired police officers, and honary civilian members who enrich the force motto, "In Partnership with the Community".

Their Canadian tour in May 1997 celebrated their 40th anniversary. While visited Ottawa, the choir presented concerts at Musicfest Canada, sang with the Ottawa-Carleton Police Chorus, and performed on Parliment Hill. They also sang in Niagara-on-the-Lake before coming to the Ford Centre in Toronto.

now named The George Weston Recital Hall

A. Dale Wood • Artistic Director and Conductor

Dale Wood is a gifted musician with his ARCT in Piano, Voice, Organ and Composition. He presently directs the Achill Choral Society, the Georgetown Choral Society, and the Georgetown Children's Chorus. In addition, Dale continues a 30-year career of private teaching in all areas of his far-ranging musical ability. He is Director of Music at Grace United Church in Brampton, Ontario.

Christopher Dawes • Accompanist

Christopher Dawes is an active freelance choral accompanist and solo performer who has recorded and toured professionally in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. He works regularly with the Achill and Georgetown Choral Societies, the Tallis and Orpheus Choruses of Toronto, and the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus. Since 1991, he has been Assistant Organist (the principal performing position) at St. James Anglican Cathedral, Toronto.

Alan Taylor • Musical Director

Alan Taylor has directed the Hereford Police Choir for 22 year. As an Associate of the Royal College of Music, he brings considerable musical expertise in choral singing and conducting. He is Chairman of the Hereford Choral Society, and has conducted children's ladies', mixed, male and a capella choirs. He has also been a guest conductor with The Bands of the Royal Marines and Grenedier Guards.

Rhian Morris • Accompanist

Rhian Morris has been the accompanist for the Hereford Police Choir for the past 10 years. Her talent, experience, dedication and professionalism have enhanced the quality of each performance. An accomplished singer, she is often called upon by the choir as a soprano soloist. Here other talents include vocal coaching, adjudicating, and directing. In 1995 and 1996, she was the official accompanist at the Herefordshire Festival.