Achill was excited to perform our Christmas 2017 program, Christmas Fanfare.
We featured our new Director, Shawn Grenke, along with The Trillium Brass Quintet, organist Chris Dawes, and timpanist Roger Flock. The Trillium Brass is one of Canada’s leading brass ensembles, and added a flourish to the joyful sounds of celebration as we sang Christmas favourites, modern and old.
Spring 2017 — Earth: Our Place, Our Promise
The Achill Choral Society, under the direction of guest conductor Jenny Crober …
accompanied by the Andrew Gilpin Jazz Ensemble, Chris Dawes, The Georgetown Children’s Chorus and featuring soloist Alicia Ault, was proud to present an exciting multi-media concert starring Canada! The beautifully haunting calls of wolves, loons and whales are woven into the Paul Winter Consort’s Missa Gaia: Earth Mass and Canadian composer Paul Halley’s Freedom Trilogy and Sound Over All Waters. This performance honoured Canada on our country’s 150th birthday.
Christmas 2016 — Love Came Down at Christmas
Our Christmas concert in 2016 featured a new cantata.
Spring 2016 — Celtic Spirit
In Spring 2016, we presented an evening of Irish, Scottish, and Eastern Canadian favourites, featuring the Canadian trad trio NUÀ.
Christmas 2015 — Rejoice!
Our annual Christmas concert series featured John Rutter’s Magnificat.
Spring 2015 — Mass In Blue
Our spring performance of Mass in Blue, a jazz mass by Will Todd, featured soloist Alicia Ault and Andrew Gilpin and his Jazz Trio.
Christmas 2014 — Christmas Gloria!
Our annual celebration of Christmas in 2014 had several favourites, and featured Pucccini’s Messa di Gloria.
Spring 2014 — Broadway!
Light the lights! Achill took you on a roller-coaster ride through the world of musical theatre.
Yes, you heard many old favourites, but you were also treated to fine songs from more modern musicals. Soloists, small groups of singers, and the full Achill chorus enchanted you with the greatest melodies from the big stage, and sent you home smiling, humming and tapping your toes.
Spring 2013 — Brahms’ Requiem
Our 30th Anniversary season concluded with a special performance of Brahms’ Requiem.
The Brahms German Requiem (sung in English) is a grandiose work, with towering heights of passion, multiple fugal themes, and poignant melodies woven into a total choral masterpiece. We were joined by Soprano Stephanie Kramer and Bass Kirk Lackenbauer from Kitchener for this oratorio.
Other Notable Performances
Achill has also performed Handel’s Messiah. In company with Georgetown Choral Society, Achill has also presented Mozart’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.