Welcome to The Elora Festival
In the summer of 1979, Professor Michael Purvis-Smith fell in love with the beautiful village of Elora and dreamed of establishing a festival of music there fashioned after the world-renowned Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts. A small group of like-minded residents, including music student Noel Edison, shared his vision and pooled their efforts to present the first Three Centuries Festival the following August. The critics were generous in their praise – the inaugural Festival was a hit! The annual Festival continued to grow in stature and fame; the refining of its mission and name along the way resulted in the establishment of the Elora Festival in 1990. The Elora Festival Singers, founded by Edison in 1980 and hailed as one of the world’s finest professional chamber choirs, makes up the core of the Elora Festival.
Over the years, the programming of the Elora Festival has encompassed all forms of classical music, jazz and folk. The guest musicians, conductors, singers, entertainers, and artists who have appeared at the Elora Festival over its 33 years of making beautiful music include such popular Canadian luminaries as Maureen Forrester, Holly Cole, Sarah McLachlan, Moe Kaufman, Dame Cleo Laine, Jesse Cook, Buffy Sainte-Maire, Andre Laplante, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Dawn Upshaw, Randy Bachman, Ben Heppner, Steven Page and many more.
The Elora Festival Singers
The Elora Festival Singers (EFS), an all-professional Grammy- and Juno-nominated chamber choir was founded in 1980 by Noel Edison as the principal choral ensemble of the Elora Festival. In 1992, the Elora Festival Singers was incorporated as a separate organisation to manage its year-round activities. Since 1997, the choir has been the core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers and is the choral ensemble-in-residence of the Elora Festival for four weeks each summer. Through regular concert series, recordings, broadcasts, and touring, EFS has established a reputation as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada and beyond, contributing to the musical life, not only to the community but on an international stage. With nine releases on the NAXOS label, the EFS 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 Elora Festival is a registered charity, number 11926 3945 RR0001.
The Elora Singers is also a registered charity, number 13580 7824 RR0001