The Edison Singers, one of Canada’s foremost choral ensembles, is returning to Niagara-on-the-Lake to present the world premiere of Royal Splendour: A celebration of Royal Music in Words, Images and Song, a narrated choral concert performance and multi-media screen show.
This concert this Sunday is the latest in a 15-year collaboration between the choir’s director, Noel Edison and the show’s creator, Hugh Brewster, who is an author, historian and music raconteur.
Royal Splendour is a single concert at St. Mark’s Church at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29. Other performances are scheduled around Ontario.
“Royal Splendour has a wonderful mixture of coronation music, royal occasion music and music, frankly, that the Royals liked to hear,” says Brewster, trying to put edges around his work. “I wrote it specially for the Edison Singers.”
Brewster will also narrate along with local, long-time Shaw performer, Brigitte Robinson.
Edison believes there is still a fascination with royalty.
“If you go back and look at the history of coronations, weddings and other royal activities there are a host of great stories and choral music,” says Edison.
“Most of us have reflections of one or many royal moments in our lifetime. This work just knits a lot of those moments together.”
Niagara choral aficionados will remember another Brewster production, performed by Edison in 2018, also at St. Mark’s.
“Niagara’s Great War,” celebrated the words, music and pictures of the First World War.
“You don’t have to be a monarchist to enjoy this,” says Brewster. “There are some lovely anthems, some beautiful popular music and a nice swath of history.”
For more information and tickets, please go to www.theedisonsingers.com or call 226-384-9300.