Choral Newsletter November 2019
November 11, 2019

Dear choral friends,

The holidays are just around the corner! We hope you have had or are working on a successful first concert and are gearing up for December. This month we bring you features on choral titles on sale, accessories, and crucial information on choral orders.

Also, early bird registration for Podium 2020 – Canada’s National Choral Conference – is now open! Scroll down for details.

Order Now for January Rehearsals!

We always recommend ordering as early as possible for January rehearsals because many of our publisher partners close over the holidays, and this can cause delays. Order now and let us know when you need the music to arrive and we will do everything we can to meet your deadline.

 

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The Coming of The Messiah
October 2, 2019

As Messiah Season quickly approaches, we thought it might be useful to our customers to clarify what makes each edition of Handel’s masterpiece special.  We currently stock seven different editions of the Messiah and each one offers something of value to singers both professional and amateur.

Bärenreiter Urtext

Based on the latest scholarly edition produced by Max Schneider and Georg Friedrich Handel-Gesellschaft, this is the closest edition to an “authentic” or “historically informed” edition of the work available.  The vocal score we keep in stock does not contain the critical commentary published separately by Bärenreiter but does provide a clear and transparent text that conforms to the Urtext criteria: no editorial dynamics are shown, the continuo realization is shown in small notes, and textual variances are indicated. Bärenreiter has produced a beautiful engraving of the Messiah that uses high-quality paper.

This edition is also surprisingly affordable.  The publisher offers a special price for North America that is about half what Europeans would pay.

We recommend this edition to those who are very appreciative of the latest scholarship and interested in historical performance. It is a very clean and beautifully looking score and is becoming more popular every year.

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Product Review: Choral Folders from Small World
October 1, 2019

For years, The Leading Note has stocked a variety of choral folders, including inexpensive models suitable for children’s choirs, folders from Marlo Plastics that are perfectly sized for a standard octavo, and the classic Black Folder Deluxe from Vancouver’s Small World Music Folder company.

To fill the gap between this top-of-the-line folder and the smaller, less-expensive options, we now stock two other folders from Small World. The Choralex and Ringbinder each offer unique features that complement what the Black Folder Deluxe offers, rather than replace it.

 

The Black Folder Deluxe

The Black Folder Deluxe

The classic Black Folder Deluxe is a durable, lightweight, ergonomic folder with options available to suit a wide range of requirements. This is one of the best folders available for both professional and amateur singers; an elegant lightweight folder at a good value that has by far been our most popular seller over the years.

One of the more important features of this folder is the bottom strap, which is attached at the outside base of the folder. It also has a comfortable hand strap at the back for you to hold it securely.  It can carry many scores and will stand up to the abuse that daily rehearsals inevitably inflict on overworked choral folders.  It is a large folder which makes it great for large scores, but this same quality means it can sometimes be too bulky for a crowded stage.
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Special Feature: Laura Hawley
September 9, 2019

Laura Hawley is an award-winning Canadian composer who’s been rocking the choral scene lately and someone we consider part of The Leading Note family.

Laura spent her formative years in Ottawa and worked at The Leading Note while completing her studies. We’re now very proud of everything she has accomplished in her career and would like to point the spotlight at her excellent work.

Laura Hawley

As a committed musician, she has made a career from composing, conducting, and teaching. She founded Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir of Ottawa, taught at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and worked with Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa as founding artistic staff member for fourteen years. She recently relocated to Edmonton, where she was appointed Artistic Director of Da Camera Singers, conducts ChandraTala Choir (part of Kokopelli), and teaches composition at Concordia University of Edmonton. She has also toured with the Canadian Chamber Choir as a singer, accompanist, and featured composer.  All of this while continuing to write music and gaining international recognition for her choral compositions.

Popular titles by Laura Hawley include Sonnet 43, The Sun is Mine, and a French setting of In Flanders Fields (Au champ d’honneur).  In December 2015, Laura’s arrangement of a traditional Arabic song, Vivre, Aimer, Partager, went viral just as Canada was welcoming refugees from Syria.  The YouTube video of this first performance has now garnered well over one million views and the printed music is now the most popular choral title The Leading Note has ever sold! This title has even surpassed Morten Lauridsen’s ever-popular O Magnum Mysterium.

Her work is published by Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing and Cypress Choral Music, but we are pleased to offer a collection of Laura’s excellent work that extends beyond other publishers and retailers, including several of her self-published titles.  Check out her complete catalogue and find out why she’s one of the most popular choral composers we carry!

Shop Laura Hawley!

More about Oxford’s For Choirs Series
June 28, 2019

Oxford University Press first released Carols for Choirs in 1961.  The landmark publication was an immediate success and has since been followed by four sequels plus the larger collection 100 Carols for Choirs.  Most of the collections are for SATB choirs, but Carols for Choirs 3 is exclusively for treble choirs. There are also two volumes of World Carols for Choirs.

In addition to the carol books, Oxford also has many other titles in the For Choirs series.  These include four volumes of Anthems for Choirs (two of which are specifically for treble choirs) that include material suitable for different times of the year. 
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Carols for Choirs 5: 50th Anniversary Edition

In 1961, Oxford University Press released the first edition of Carols for Choirs. Compiled and Edited by Reginald Jacques and David Willcocks, this book transformed the Christmas season for church choirs and concert choirs alike. The publication made available both practical arrangements of popular Christmas carols for amateur choirs and challenging new repertoire for more professional groups. The book also helped to popularize the service of Nine Lessons and Carols made famous by King’s College, Cambridge.
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Choral Newsletter May 2019
May 13, 2019

Dear choral friends,

Happy spring! We hope that your choral season has been a great success and you are wrapping up or preparing for final concerts. The end of the choral season means that you can start looking forward to exciting plans for next season and, as always, your choral print music specialists at The Leading Note are here to help!

Order through the summer!

To be sure that you are not caught short at your first rehearsal this fall, contact us as soon as possible to place your orders. Let us know when you need the music to arrive to you and we will do everything possible to meet your deadline.
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Music Library Sponsorship: Fundraiser and Community Builder
May 10, 2019

Jackie Hawley

This is a guest post by Jackie Hawley, who has been a regular contributor to Anacrusis, the official journal of the Choral Canada and current board member of Choirs Ontario.  She is the Founding Artistic Director of the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa and co-founder of the Nipiit-Katittut – Voices United (NKVU) educational engagement project.


Good ideas should be shared! Here is something that has worked very well for my choirs. I hope you will find this useful for your choir as well.

A few years ago, when my Cantiamo Girls Choir was quite new, we had a local business person offer to make a donation to the choir. We had not solicited this sort of thing at that time in the choir’s development so we were happily inspired to think about how we could recognize our supporters with more than a tax receipt. This person had a favourite piece that we had sung in our concert. I thought that it might be a nice idea to have the donation directed towards covering the cost of buying those scores for the choir. (Read more…)