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.
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.
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.
Use our resources!
We would like to draw your attention to our invaluable Guide to Choral Music Repertoire which includes many resources to help you plan your choral programs. We will be highlighting the various parts of this guide in the coming months so you can have all the tools necessary to select your music. First up is a series of articles covering various aspects of choral music.
Ever wondered how your choir can afford the newest and best choral arrangements?
Check out Jackie Hawley’s article explaining how to use sponsorships to build your choir’s library.
Edition Peters Sale!
From May 13 to May 26, receive a 20% discount on all music from Edition Peters. If your choir is programming major works by Brahms, Bruckner, Verdi, Haydn or Bach, Edition Peters is one to consider. They also publish a few classic titles by Canada’s own Healey Willan, as well as more contemporary arrangements by Voces8, Jonathan Dove and select works by the ever-popular Ola Gjeilo.
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May 10, 2019
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…)
September 10, 2014
Have you always wanted to sing Handel’s Messiah?
Starting September 17, Alcorn Music Studios presents Messiah 101, a 12-week course to help you learn and master the world’s favourite oratorio. Led by choral director Elise Letourneau, this course will help you learn how to keep your place in the score, how to count in your vocal entries, how to listen to the accompaniment or other vocal parts for your note, how to mark up your score and more. Learn about important vocal techniques and choral etiquette to bring you up to speed for CAMMAC’s annual Come Sing Messiah event on December 5th at Dominion-Chalmers United Church.
Don’t forget to bring a copy of the Messiah vocal score, available at The Leading Note for $12.00 +HST.
March 1, 2014
National Festival Showcases the Best of Canada’s LGBTQ Choral Scene
Unison Ottawa 2014 is the fifth edition of a once-in-four-years Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer (LGBTQ) choral festival that will bring together choristers and other music artists from across Canada to the nation’s capital for the first time ever!
Unison Ottawa 2014, under the leadership of Artistic Director Kurt Ala-Kantti, offers a showcase of the cross-country LGBTQ choral scene, and artistic and social networking to choruses within Canada’s LGBTQ communities. The Leading Note is proud to be selling tickets for Unison Festival concerts and will be hosting a “Meet and Greet” event for choir directors and other artistic representatives.
February 19, 2014
This week, Harmonia Choir of Ottawa will host the MosaiK Choral Festival, bringing Canadian composer and choral clinician Brian Tate, to Ottawa for a series of workshops and concerts. Choristers, music teachers, choral directors, and choral enthusiasts are all invited to attend. This is a great opportunity to explore some wonderful repertoire on the festival’s theme: Voices of Planet Earth. (Read more…)
February 22, 2013
The Leading Note is very proud to announce the recent publication of James Wright’s “To Young Canadians” by Cypress Choral Music.
“To Young Canadians” was composed for The Leading Note Foundation’s OrKidstra program and was premiered at a ceremony in Ottawa’s City Hall on September 29, 2012 at which the Honourable Jack Layton was posthumously awarded the Peace Award. The Honourable Olivia Chow accepted the award on Layton’s behalf and attended the performance with MP Paul Dewar and other members of Jack Layton’s family.
“To Young Canadians” is a setting of Jack Layton’s final public letter to Canadians before his death in August, 2011. The text is a message of hope and optimism directed to the younger generations of Canadians whom Jack Layton so greatly inspired. What better way to spread this message than through the universal language of music!
James Wright is an Ottawa composer and Professor of Music at Carleton University. “To Young Canadians” is arranged for SSA, SAB, or SATB choir with piano and optional strings. The premiere performance was conducted by Jeannie Hunter and featured soloist Jenna Glatt with OrKidstra, the KidSingers, the Cantiamo Girls’ Choir, the chamber choir of the Ottawa Children’s Choir, with composer James Wright at the piano:
The Leading Note has perusal copies of all three arrangements in stock. This work makes an excellent selection for children’s choirs or community choirs at any occasion to mark peace and social justice.