Canadian choir to perform at Brechin Cathedral

Medicine Hat College Girls' choir.
Medicine Hat College Girls' choir.

Brechin Cathedral will fill with the sound of singing when a world famous performing and touring ensemble come to Brechin on July 30.

Medicine Hat College Girls’ Choir, a community choir of girls from aged 12 to 18, provides the teenagers with the opportunity to achieve the highest possible artistic standards through the study and performance of quality choral literature.

The ensemble is part of the Canadian Medicine Hat Collage Conservatory which has a long and rich history dating back to the college’s earliest years in the late 1960s.

The choir was founded in 1972 by Dr Carol Anderson and has been under the guidance of its current director, Bradley van Middelkoop, since 2008.

Bradley van Middelkoop has conducted and worked with various ensembles, including Concordia’s S.O.U.L. as well as the University Chorus and University Chamber Choir in Calgary.

After his work in Calgary, Bradley served as assistant conductor of the Concordia Concert Choir in Edmonton.

A composite musician, Bradley has toured across Canada as well as taught piano for over 10 years; he is an accomplished church musician and lecturer.

Through involvement with the choir, each girl is given the opportunity to sing a challenging and varied repertoire of music from many countries and styles.

The choir maintains a busy schedule of rehearsals, performances, workshops and tours.

They are very community focused, giving regular performances at local churches as well as attending a variety of community events.

The choir has recently toured France, attended the Europa Cantat International Choral Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands, the Unisong Festival in Ottawa, Canada, and a tour of Cuba.

They consistently win their classes at the local music festival, achieve gold standing at Choralfest Alberta, and be recommended to compete at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival.

Medicine Hat College Girl’s Choir will perform at Brechin Cathedral on Tuesday, July 30, at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets, costing £8 for adults, £6 concessions and under 16s free, are available from the Cathedral office.