Young singers flock to 120-year-old choir

Trish Crawford, Toronto Star

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir formed 120 years ago to celebrate the opening of Massey Hall is not the choir Toronto has today.

“They would have sung folk songs, simple songs,” says artistic director Noel Edison. “Those were the formative days.”

Over the years, the choir has gained the reputation of not only being one of the oldest choirs, but also one of the country’s best, says Edison, through its rigorous musical selections, insistence on auditions for new and old members and weekly rehearsals.

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