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Back to Live!

The choir returned to live and in-person Saturday morning sessions on Sept 17, 2022. Hamilton Sings now has a new rehearsal space for the autumn of 2022 and winter-spring of 2023. We’ll be meeting and singing in the Assembly Hall of Faith (formerly Ryerson) United Church, 842 Main Street East, between Sherman and Gage at the corner of Springer Ave.
A new place for us, but the same time: Saturday morning from 9:45 to around 12:15.

Faith (formerly Ryerson) United Church, 842 Main Street East

"I feel a lot of joy... It's time to get living our lives again."

Steve Bruce · CBC News

‘We’re back, baby’: Community choirs singing again after pause of more than 2 years

September 16, 2022

As she takes her seat next to her fellow Cornwall Community Choir members — minutes before their first rehearsal in two and a half years — Johanne Gass is having a tough time staying composed. “I hope I can hold it together,” she said. “I feel very emotional and happy, finally getting back together.”

The last time the group sang together was March 2020. They were preparing for a concert at a retirement home in nearby Clyde River, P.E.I. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The concert was cancelled. The choir stopped singing. >>

What followed was two and a half years of ever-changing gathering limits, mask rules, and COVID-19 case counts that didn’t leave much of an opening for choirs to rehearse or perform. Some P.E.I. community choirs, including the one in Cornwall, held off altogether.

“I was lost. It’s like, ‘What do we do? How are we going to spend our time?'” said Gass. “But I was very understanding. It’s an older group, and nobody wants to be sick. Nobody wants to put anybody in danger.”

But with COVID-19 booster shots rolling out on P.E.I., and most restrictions gone, choir organizers decided now was the time to get back to singing. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison “has made it so that we can, and not be too nervous,” said Nancy Jack, an organizer and member of the Cornwall Community Choir. “We’re careful with our own health and feel pretty good about it.” “I feel a lot of joy,” added Gass. “It’s time to get living our lives again.” >>

“I was lost. It’s like, ‘What do we do? How are we going to spend our time?'” said Gass. “But I was very understanding. It’s an older group, and nobody wants to be sick. Nobody wants to put anybody in danger.”

But with COVID-19 booster shots rolling out on P.E.I., and most restrictions gone, choir organizers decided now was the time to get back to singing. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison “has made it so that we can, and not be too nervous,” said Nancy Jack, an organizer and member of the Cornwall Community Choir. “We’re careful with our own health and feel pretty good about it.” “I feel a lot of joy,” added Gass. “It’s time to get living our lives again.”

Some choirs have continued singing and performing in some capacity over the past two years, but it hasn’t been easy. “My choirs got going fairly early in the pandemic, but we were very far apart,” said Margot Rejskind, who directs a few different Island groups. “We were masked. In some cases… we could only have 50 people in the audience, and they took up a whole church, and we took up the whole front of the church because we had to be six feet apart.”

As she now gets going with fall rehearsals, Rejskind said there’s “more of a sense of normalcy.” “Nobody likes to sing in a mask. So that is an option now,” she said. “We can have full audiences again. We don’t have to count them. We don’t have to get their contact information. They can just come and enjoy. So this is feeling like ‘We’re back, baby!'”

Rejskind said she’s well aware there’s still the potential for COVID-19 to spoil some of their rehearsal and performance plans, and mandatory masking may return at some point. “But I guess what I’ve learned personally is to try not to sweat the small stuff. What is it we do? We come together to sing. And when it’s working well, we also come together to sing and share that with an audience. And if we only get to do some of that, that’s okay. And if we get to do all of it, fantastic.”

Members of the Cornwall Community Choir are taking a similar approach. They’ve already scheduled performances at retirement and nursing homes for this fall. “Oh you’ve got to have hope, and I think we’re going to do it,” said Gass. “When you see how much the seniors love it, and how much they respond to it, it’s a really good feeling.”

Welcome to

Hamilton Sings! Community Choir

We are a non-audition, mixed-voice choir for adults and older youth. Our members may be new to singing or to choirs, or they may bring lots of musical experience. Everyone wants a fun and friendly place to make music together.

There is no audition! Choir membership includes healthy, functional voice coaching, and musical skills development.

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For Choir Members

  • Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonny Doon: Overview, harmonies, run through
  • Falling: All parts in first verse, soprano, alto, tenor and bass parts, text w/ chords
  • Dans les Chantier: story, translation, low part, high part
  • We Are Circling: Lyrics and two videos
  • Four Leaf Clover: Lyrics, video, soprano, alto, tenor and bass parts
  • The River is Flowing: Two videos
  • Oil in the Grand: lyrics w/ chords
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Hamilton Sings! spring concert, “Songs of Canada at 150 Plus” took place at Christ’s Church Cathedral, James St N. in Hamilton. This selection, Dave Gould’s “Starlight Tours”, was performed by Dave, accompanied by the choir and Stephen Fuller on violin.

Brenda’s Updates

Concert Details

Hello everyone Hanna and Piper are pleased that you’re all sounding great so you should not hesitate to invite your near and dear to see you sing with your new friends. They can buy advance tickets at eventbrite (link below) or at the door however please remind everyone that it’s CASH ONLY at the door and bake sale tables.

Concert Song List

Hey Choristers It’s that time of year again, where all things point to a fun concert on December 10th. Hanna and Piper have provided the concert song list below and are hoping some of you may come forward to provide a spoken introduction for each tune. There must be some toastmasters graduates out there.

Concert News

Hello all: As announced last week, we are confirmed to have a term-ending concert at LaidLaw Memorial United Church, 155 Ottawa Street North (at Cannon) at 7PM on Saturday December 10.

Concert, Board & Cookies

Dear fellow songbirds: We are confirmed as booked for our term-ending concert at LaidLaw Memorial United Church, 155 Ottawa Street North (at Cannon) at 7PM on Saturday December 10.

A Winter Tradition

A winter tradition returns! Once again chorister Bill Nesbitt will be baking his delicious Newfoundland cookies and squares in support of the Choir. Act fast, these sell out quickly every year!

Words from Others

Hello dear choristers: This update consists of few of my words but relies on the wise utterances of others. From Co-conductor Hanna: Take a listen to Falling – I made all four parts together so you can hear them.