Summer 2017 series
Wednesdays at 12:35 pm from 7 June
We are opening our doors and bringing music to the community and are pleased to have a wonderful series of noon hour concerts at St. Stephen’s which feature musicians from around the city. The historic Ryder organ will be the focus of this series along with singers and instrumentalists so please come along and enjoy. These free concerts are presented by Music at St. Stephen’s. If you are interested in supporting or participating please contact John Gardham at email@example.com.
- Wed, July 26 2017, 12:35 pm
- The SMSS Ensemble
Musician/Conductor Peter Drobac conducts the Sacred Music for a Sacred Space Ensemble in a mix of chorale gems through the centuries.
- Wed, August 2 2017, 12:35 pm
- Judith Soo, soprano
BFA in voice from York University, where she studied under coloratura soprano Norma Burrowes. She has performed as a soloist and choral singer with groups such as York University Chamber Choir & Women’s Chorus, Cantabile Chamber Singers and Pax Christi Chorale, and made her operatic debut with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre as Second Spirit in The Magic Flute and as Clara in Vanessa.Judith Soo holds a specialized honours
- Wed, August 9 2017, 12:35 pm
- John Gardham, organ
Born in Toronto, John Gardham began his musical career as a boy soprano and became interested in the organ at a young age. He studied voice and theories at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Organ teachers include Dr. Melville Cook and Gerald Webster. John has sung with Tafelmusik and the Exultate Chamber Singers under the direction of John Tuttle. He was director of music at St. Stephen’s from 1980 to 1996 and recently returned to the position. As a trained pipe organ technician John spends many hours keeping the 1888 Ryder organ at St. Stephen’s in playing condition.
- Wed, August 16 2017, 12:35 pm
- Louis Lawlor, guitar
Louis Lawlor studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music and graduated from York University in Toronto. He later furthered his guitar studies in the U.K., Spain and Greece and has performed on television and radio and has extensive teaching experience. His CD recordings will be available at the concert.
- Wed, August 23 2017, 12:35 pm
- Simon Walker, organ
Simon Walker is from the United Kingdom and started his musical training as a chorister at Durham Cathedral. From September 2005 he studied music at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2009. During this time he spent three years as Organ Scholar of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral and also as Accompanist to Edinburgh University Music Society Chorus. From September 2009 he spent a year as Organ Scholar of Chester Cathedral. Simon moved to Toronto in 2010 and has previously served as Assistant Organist at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene before taking up the position of Director of music at St. Jude’s Church Oakville. Simon holds the Associate diploma of the Royal College of Organists and can frequently be heard in recital in Toronto at venues including St. James Cathedral and Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.
- Wed, August 30 2017, 12:35 pm
- Daniella Theresia, mezzo-soprano
Originally from northern Wisconsin, Daniella Theresia completed her formal training at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) in 2009. In 2013, she emigrated to Israel to study with Professor Tamar Rachum-Roth. She has participated in opera programs in the United States and Europe and has appeared as a soloist and in solo recitals in the U.S., Germany, Italy, and Israel.