It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

Clover by Irish Fireside (flickr)
Clover ornament from Vecteezy

A note from Artistic Director Lydia Adams:

Top of the Morning to you all!

Today, we are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, and we hope that everyone is wearing some green for the occasion! 

To celebrate, the Elmer Iseler Singers are bringing you a musical gift from our November 2018 concert with the Toronto Children’s Chorus and the Toronto Youth Choir. This is a première performance of Stuart Calvert’s arrangement of this famous WWI marching song, written in 1912  by Harry Williams and Jack Judge. The audience is joining along in this performance, and why don’t you as well, as we celebrate everything Irish.

Wear the green! Play the tin whistle! Drown the shamrock! Walk with your shillelagh! Play the Irish harp and sing along with baritone Michael Thomas, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the Toronto Youth Choir, instrumentalists and Elise Bradley, conductor, to brighten your day!

Spring is on the way, and we can’t wait for the time when we can all join together once again in friendship and music, surely our own ‘pot of gold’ waiting for us just around the corner!

Enjoy!

It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

It’s a Long Way to Tipperary composer: Harry Williams; text: Jack Judge; and arranger: Stuart Calvert. Conductor: Elise Bradley, MNZM, Artistic Director, Toronto Children’s Chorus. Performed by Michael Thomas, baritone; Elmer Iseler Singers, Lydia Adams, conductor; Toronto Children’s Chorus, Elise Bradley, conductor; Toronto Youth Choir, Matthew Otto, conductor; Stan Klebanoff, trumpet; Andy Morris, percussion; and Lara Dodds-Eden, pianist. Recorded November 11, 2018, at Toronto Centre for the Arts

It’s a Long Way to Tipperary by Harry Williams and text by Jack Judge (arranged by Stuart Calvert)

Up to mighty London came an Irish man one day
All the streets were paved with gold so everyone was gay!
Singing songs of Piccadilly, Strand, and Leicester Square
‘Til Paddy got excited and he shouted to them there: 

Chorus:
It’s a long way to Tipperary
It’s a long way to go.
It’s a long way to Tipperary
To the sweetest girl I know!

Goodbye Piccadilly
Farewell Leicester Square!
It’s a long long way to Tipperary
But my heart’s right there.

Paddy wrote a letter to his Irish Molly O’
Saying, “Should you not receive it, write and let me know!
If I make mistakes in spelling Molly dear”, said he
“Remember it’s the pen, that’s bad, Don’t lay the blame on me”. 

Chorus…

Molly wrote a neat reply to Irish Paddy O.
Saying. “Mike Mahoney wants to marry me, and so
Leave the Strand and Piccadilly, or you’ll be to blame
For love has fairly drove me silly, hoping you’re the same!” 

Chorus…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2021!

Clover ornament from Vecteezy

COVID-19 Update

The speed of developments related to COVID-19 pandemic is shocking. We were in the midst of our 6-concert tour through Western Canada when our last two concerts were cancelled as Canada public health guidelines advised against social gatherings and for increased social distancing.

We value the health and welfare of all of our singers, staff, venue staff, audience members and patrons and have chosen to do our part by cancelling all concerts until May 31, 2020. 

As you may already know shutdowns of this type can seriously affect arts and other service-based organizations. If you are in a position to help please consider checking out Paypal Giving Fund Canada or Canada Helps. They feature donation platforms for all charitable organizations across Canada including the Elmer Iseler Singers. Spend some of your screen time looking for efforts you would like to support.

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The Spirit of Nature! concert review

Conductor Lydia Adams, The Elmer Iseler Singers and Guest Artists

Sept. 30, 2019: Elmer Iseler Singers and Festival of the Sound unite to celebrate 40 years of music-making! concert review by David Richards (torontoconcertreviews.ca)

“… I was moved in a profound way. The Sound: A musical Evocation of Georgian Bay by Eric Robertson with text by Gary Michael Dault is a five-movement work evoking the poetic beauty of the natural environment of the Parry Sound region. But more than that, it speaks in a timely way to the need to make that beauty sustainable as climate change looms menacingly before us.’

“This concert was all about community. The affection between the two organizations was palpable. James Campbell and Lydia Adams added recollections about their many years at the Festival. Lydia spoke about how the ensemble would find ways to make the music work. Even the mayor of Parry Sound spoke about the Festival’s contribution to the community.’

“This was one of the happiest musical events of the season. Bravo!’

David Richards

Festival of the Sound concert review

Festival of the Sound launches 40th season with 4 gala events

“Renowned Canadian actor Colin Fox brought his signature clear and thoughtful speaking style to the narrated portions. The Elmer Iseler Singers drew out the many beauties in Robertson’s score, and the accompaniment by an ensemble of nine players added even more strength to the music.

This piece was presented as an anniversary gift from Robertson to the festival and the Elmer Iseler Singers, and was a generous and beautiful gift indeed.

The choir sang magnificently in a range of other numbers from J.S. Bach to Srul Irving Glick, and had the audience join in for Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and Handel’s Hallelujah.”

Ken Stephen, Parry Sound North Star, Jul. 23, 2019

2019 Collingwood Summer Music Festival

Front from left: Mayumi Seiler, violinist; Collingwood Summer Music Festival director Daniel Wnukowski; Collingwood ChoralWorks director Brian Rae; and Elmer Iseler Singers director Lydia Adams. Back: The Elmer Iseler Singers with Collingwood’s ChoralWorks choir. – Katie Lintern/Seveneves Photography

New Collingwood Summer Music Festival kicks off” with the Elmer Iseler Singers at their opening concert on Friday night together with Collingwood’s ChoralWorks choir, the Collingwood Festival Orchestra, and guest soloists Mayumi Seiler on violin and Wnukowski, also a world-class concert pianist. ( Brenda Lewis, Collingwood Connection)

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