Sounds of Christmas (2005)

Sounds of Christmas CD Cover
  1. The Snow Begins to Fall
  2. Carol of the Bells
  3. In Dulci Jubilo
  4. All My Heart This Night Rejoices
  5. And The Glory of the Lord
  6. Angels' Carol
  7. Mary, Did You Know?
  8. The Infant King
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
  10. Conventry Carol
  11. The Best of Rooms
  12. Ave Maria
  13. The Birthday of a King
  14. The Sound is Gone Out
  15. O, Po' Little Jesus
  16. Three Kings
  17. O Holy Night
  18. For Unto Us a Child is Born

Recorded at Westwood United Church, Guelph, Ontario, January 2005
Recorded by David Burnham. Produced by Keith Horner.

Photo: St. Mary's R.C. Church, Achill, Ontario (Mark Whitcombe)


Achill Choral Society

The Achill Choral Society derives its Gaelic name, meaning "eagle", from the tiny hamlet north of Toronto, Ontario, where the choir was founded in 1982. Auditioned amateur singers come from the towns and villages of the Headwaters Region and South Simcoe. They regularly perform two seasonal concert series to sold-out audiences, attracted by the choir’s skillfully-blended sound and varied repertoire, often featuring guest soloists and accompanists of the highest calibre. The choir also entertains at many community benefit events.

The Achill Choral Society has twice hosted choruses from England and the Netherlands, and has performed with several choirs around Ontario. Highlights have been concerts at Roy Thomson Hall, George Weston Recital Hall, Rogers Centre, Sharon Temple and Mississauga Performing Arts Centre.

A. Dale Wood, Artistic Director and Conductor

Dale Wood is a gifted musician who readily shares his passion for choral music. His lifelong musical career presently includes directing the Achill Choral Society, the Georgetown Choral Society and the Georgetown Children’s Chorus, as well as teaching private and group lessons in Piano, Voice, Organ and Composition. As founding director of the Achill Choral Society, he has taken the choir on four successful European concert tours to the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and to Ireland.

Dale Wood is a talented composer and choral arranger of new works for his choirs. Two featured on this recording are from his Christmas cantata, Allelulia, written in 2002 for the twentieth anniversary of the Achill Choral Society.

Beverly Foster, Accompanist

Beverly enjoys a successful musical career as choral accompanist, composer and recording artist of original music and music educator. She is Past Executive Director of the Ontario Vocal Festival. (web site: strongheart.ca)


Soprano

Lynn Allan
Eilish Boston
Ann Bowdery
Tina Burton
Maria Capiello
Pat Castator
Betty Clark
Cathy Clark
Mona deMan
Eileen Harris
Linda Hartree
Lynda Hastings
Julie Haugh-Guzzo
Betty Hiltz
Dolores Hind
Barb Holmes
Diane Irwin
Mary Jelly
Eleanor Kinnear
Anne Lex
Louise Lowndes
Anne Luttrell
Eileen McCabe
Anne MCQuarrie
Margaret Ohashi
Jocelyne Parent
Lynne Richardson
Irena Rothen
Rosalind Simms
Susan Verduin
Pat Wall
Fran Wardle
Elaine Willard

Alto

Lorraine Alexander
Susan Allan
Betty Anderson
Kae Cartwright
Anne Chesterton
Maureen Eberly
Alice Forestell
Julie Fredenburg
Jane Hamacher
Elaine Ito
Janice Mancuso
Grace McBurney
Cathryn McGregor
Sannie Mclnnis
Elizabeth Morris
Millicent Murphy
Karen Peirce
Jackie Price
Emily Sammut
Naomi Simpson
Mary Jean Smith
Cathy Whitcombe
Eefje Willemze-Kool

Tenor

Jerry Black
Peter Bowers
Judy Breckles
John Burton
Ivor Cathcart
Herb Hastings
Don Ogden
Eric Parle
Malcolm Wall
Gerry Woegerer

Bass

Richard Bloom
Bob Borden
Hubert Colaris
Alan Fessenden
Tom Jones
D'Arcy Lichti
John Litster (soloist)
George Mara
Jim McBurney
Hugh McQuarrie
John Ritchie
Daniel St. Pierre
Sue Trowbridge
Mark Whitcombe

Founding member