Now in its 27th season the Canadian Celtic Choir is a London, Ontario based SATB auditioned community choir of more than fifty voices that was founded in 1996 by Dan Surman, BFA (Specialized Honours Music), B.Ed, to sing and promote Celtic choral music and culture. The Choir has built a solid reputation as one of the most in demand choirs in Southern Ontario. Our conductor is Paul Grambo, B.Mus, M.Mus, and we are accompanied by Stephen Holowitz on piano. For 10 years the CCC was directed by William “Bill” Zadorsky who retired in March 2020.
The Canadian Celtic Choir’s repertoire features songs primarily from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, and the Canadian Maritimes ranging from the traditional (including a few songs sung in Irish and Scots Gaelic) to the more contemporary.
The Canadian Celtic Choir has performed both nationally and internationally including: Pier 21 in Halifax, Canada Summer Games, Windsor Celtic Festival, Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, Owen Sound Celtic Festival, Fergus Highland Games, Home County Music & Art Festival (London), Canterbury Folk Festival (Ingersoll), Fieldcote Summer Music Series (Ancaster), Lighthouse Theatre (Port Dover), the opening of the Wolf Performance Hall (London, Ontario), and several times with Orchestra London Canada. The CCC has opened for the Men of The Deeps, The Irish Descendants, John McDermott, Lighthouse, and John Tesh.
In March 2007, the Canadian Celtic Choir was the first choral group to be selected from outside of the Ottawa area to sing at a National Ceremony of Remembrance. We were honored to sing at the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge Service at the National War Memorial in Ottawa (it was broadcast on nationally on CBC television/radio & CTV).
In March 2008, the Choir traveled to Maui, Hawaii for our first international tour. In July 2014, the choir toured Scotland and England for 10 days singing in historic venues such as Stirling Castle, St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, the Robert Burns Museum in Ayr, and at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare is buried. In June 2017 the choir toured the Canadian Maritimes with stops in Moncton, Norton, Charlottetown, Cornwall, Baddeck and Halifax (where we sang the National Anthem for the Citizenship Ceremonies at Pier 21 on Canada Day).
The CCC has released five CDs, Here’s To Song (2001), Christmas Remembered (2004) and We Rise Again (2007) which are all out of print. The two most recent CDs are: A Celtic Noel (2013), and Celtic Inspiration (2014) and are available for purchase from our website and at our concerts.
The Canadian Celtic Choir is a registered non-profit organization based in London, Ontario.
CCC – Conductors
Dan Surman, BFA (Specialized Honours Music), B.Ed – January 1996 to August 2008
Andrew Keegan Mackriell, Royal Irish Academy of Music (Lecturer), LL.B. Hons – September 2008 to December 2009
Bill Zadorsky, B.Mus, M.Ed – January 2010 to March 2020
Paul Grambo, B.Mus, M.Mus – March 2020 to present
CCC – Accompanists
Judith McCrea, B.Mus, Diploma Collaborative Piano – January 1996 to May 1998
Stephanie Burgoyne, ARCT, ARCCO, MSc, PhD – Sept 1998 to April 1999
Grace Yip, B.Mus, M.Mus, B.Ed – May 1999 to December 2009
Jean Willadsen, ARCT, A.Mus, BA – January 2010 to November 2022
Stephen Holowitz, B.Mus - November 2022 to the present
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