In a world where conductors flit about from podium to podium, the Elora Festival’s Noel Edison is proof of the power of connecting one person to a community, allowing everything and everyone — including the audience — to grow in the process.
– John Terauds, Toronto Star
Noel Edison’s office exudes the sort of chaotic creativity one has come to expect from the successful artistic director. There is no thought here for frou frou curtains or espresso machines or even a fake Ficus Benjamina because in this space, which is really just the back of a store room, great things take place. Musical things. Things that attract crowds from across the province eager to see what the director of Elora Festival and Festival Singers has come up with this season.
– Valerie Hill, Waterloo Region Record
Altogether, this performance [of Haydn’s Theresienmesse] was a triumph. Congratulations once again to this reliably inspiring conductor and his gifted musicians. And it was great to see an absolutely full house leaping to their feet at the end. Totally deserved!
– Jan Narveson, Music Times
Wholly in his element, Edison navigated the tricky bits of [Mozart’s 40th Symphony in G minor] with firm leadership and inspiration. […] To finish, the maestro held onto the extra-long final note with apparent tenacity, joining all in attendance with the fanciful evocation that the magic might not actually have to end.
– Stephen Preece, Waterloo Region Record
Acis And Galatea Elora Festival Review
The contribution made to the success of this refreshingly unpretentious Acis and Galatea by the Elora Festival Singers as Chorus deserves repeating. They are, quite simply, spectacular. [Full Story]
Elora Festival Features World-Renowned Organist
The Elora Festival loves to showcase organ music; many talented musicians have played the organ keys at St. John’s Church. However, British-born David Briggs brings something new to the village of Elora. [Full Story]
Praise for The Wonder of Christmas from ClassicsToday.com
Along a bend in the Grand River lies Elora, billed as “Ontario’s most beautiful village…”–and if you’ve ever visited there, you wouldn’t disagree with the description. And if you happened to be in the neighborhood and were able to attend one of the Elora Festival Singers’ concerts, you’d also agree that this 24-voice choir, led by founder/director Noel Edison, is not only one of Canada’s, but one of the world’s finest professional choral ensembles. [Full Story]