Through regular concert series, recordings, and touring, the Elora Singers has established a reputation as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada. With a few self-produced albums and over twelve releases on the NAXOS label, the Elora Singers is known for its rich, warm sound and clarity of texture. The choir is renowned for its diverse styles, for its commitment to Canadian repertoire, and for its collaborations with other Canadian artists.
The professional recordings on the NAXOS label assist us in providing our high-quality choral music to the wider public nationally and internationally. CBC uses the recordings on their radio programmes, and as NAXOS "is the largest independent classical label in the world and one of the two largest-selling classical labels and is also one of the largest distributors of independent classical record labels in the world," our music is able to be acclaimed by the Juno and GRAMMY awards.
Our recordings assist us in completing our charitable mandate "to present choral music to communities both at home and beyond through outreach, education, concerts, touring and recordings."
There is a high demand for more recordings from our Singers, and our recordings are paid for by generous sponsors and donors like you.
(Sponsored by a long-time supporter of the Elora Singers)
Hawes: Choral Mystics
We are currently recording and producing a new CD with new compositions by Patrick Hawes. The CD will include the programming from the 37th Elora Festival’s “Choral Mystics II” event. Look forward to March 2017 for this new album!
Past Reviews of our NAXOS recordings:
"the choir recorded on this work—Noel Edison’s the Elora Festival Singers—is one of the finest vocal ensembles on the continent." - Houston Chronicle
"Noel Edison’s splendid Elora Festival Singers are up to Eric Whitacre’s every challenge. Perfectly pitched, vibrato-less sopranos in multiple parts produce sounds of wonderful life. All sections contribute to the tour-de-force with well-balanced sonorous blocks and long-decaying tones evoking reverberant space." - The WholeNote
"As the title promises, they have brought a new life, a refreshing wonder, to some of the old stand-by tunes by infusing them with gloriously sung descants and a delightful re-imagination of color and texture…" -Choral Journal
"…the Elora Festival Singers prove worthy of their world-class reputation. Naxos has always repaid their artistry with sound of the highest order, and so it proves here. Noel Edison and his singers should be commended for giving us such a worthwhile Christmas gift, one which adds to a list of underrated holiday projects the label has generously given us over the years." -Classical Net
"…these singers embrace and elevate everything they sing—and their performances are imbued with a vivaciousness and joy that’s absolutely infectious." -ClassicsToday.com
"The subtle, ethereal unaccompanied choral music of Arvo Pärt seems ideally suited to the Canadian choir, the Elora Festival Singers. The hushed reverence that forms the core of Pärt's expressive apparatus benefits from this choir's combination of warmth and clarity, superbly caught by Naxos's production team. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in Triodion, one of Pärt's most famous scores. The work has links with Benjamin Britten (it was commissioned by Lancing College. Sussex, an institution for which Britten penned his cantata Saint Nicholas). Setting three odes from the Orthodox Prayer-Book, Pärt dwells on the beauty of the texts themselves, reflecting this trait in his music. The third ode is particularly devotional in nature, and receives a magnificent performance (a special word of praise for the accuracy of the sopranos' attack at the top of the vocal range)." - Fanfare
"The Elora ensemble is one of Canada’s best professional choirs, and when you hear their Poulenc you won’t have any trouble figuring out why. Their sound is rich and clear, and they are engaged emotionally from start to finish." -American Record Guide
"Noel Edison and his singers have made perhaps their finest recording to date, a reference for choirs who follow and for listeners who want an important and enduring addition to their choral music library." -ClassicsToday.com
"Noel Edison is one of the best living choral conductors, and he knows exactly what sound he wants and how to get it. The Festival Singers follow his every whim, and are captured in top quality sound. Every single Elora album is worth getting, and this proves no exception." -Classical Net