|For twenty years, Seventeen Voyces has been dedicated to achieving the highest level of choral excellence, and the performance of musical gems "off the beaten track." Founded by Kevin Reeves in 1997, its small size inherently creates a suppleness and clarity of sound that delights the most discerning of audiences.
Come join us for an exciting anniversary season. Subscriptions are a mere $35 for students and $70 for adults. Better still, consider becoming a patron for $125 which includes a subscription with reserved seating and a tax receipt of $55. Your support will be greatly appreciated and enable the choir to continue to present special musical experiences.
Find details about the concerts and tickets on our Concerts page.
Christmas throughout the ages
Saturday, December 3rd, 7:30 p.m., St. Matthew's Anglican; Sunday, December 4th, 4:00 p.m., Ashbury College Chapel
Tickets are $25.00 for Adults, $15,00 for Students - Purchase tickets online
Seventeen Voyces subscription series opens on Saturday, December 3rd, with Welcome Yule, a concert that will feature French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier's charming Messe de Minuit (c. 1690). The Baroque work will offer a contrast with the other music selected for the concert -- Christmas music in the English style of the 20th century. Performances will be at St. Matthew's Anglican Church in the Glebe on Saturday, December 3rd, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, December 4th, at 4:00 p.m. in the intimate Ashbury College Chapel in Rockcliffe.
Charpentier, who studied law before choosing a career in music, was a prolific composer of opera, sacred music, pastorales, and theatre music. After 17 years as "house composer" to the Duchesse de Guise, he wrote for the Jesuits, the theatre of Molière, and for the Dauphin, son of Louis XIV.
The program will be directed by Kevin Reeves, who founded the excellent chamber choir 20 years ago. The organist will be Ottawa composer and musician Andrew Ager.
More contemporary works include William Mathias's Wassail, Benjamin Britten's A Boy was Born, and William Walton's All this Time. Also included will be Eric Thiman's While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night and carols by Derek Holman.
Originally from Cornwall, England, Holman recently retired to Ottawa after many decades of music-making in Toronto. His Christ Keep Us All, originally written for choir and two trebles, was first sung by then-St. Matthew's trebles Gerald Finley (now one of the world’s best-known baritones) and Kevin Reeves. This time it will be sung by Claire Goatcher and Madighan Ryan, members of St. Matthew's Girls' Choir.
Seventeen Voyces will also sing Holman's Carol, which was commissioned by the choir. This will be the work's world premiere.
Other composers represented include Ralph Vaughan Williams, R.L Pearsall and Gustav Holst. Ager’s “Dormi Jesu”, for two sopranos, will also be sung.
“While choosing the repertoire, I kept in mind the tight-knit lineage of these composers,” says Reeves. “They knew and were influenced by each other. Holst and Vaughan Williams were friends - influenced mostly by the Romantics; conversely, Britten, Walton, Mathias (who was Welsh) and Holman belong to a more post-modern school of composition,” he says.