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For the joy of Christmas, take a break

Cooking, last-minute shopping trying to find the right present, cleaning the house for the visit, set up the table, oh no! I forgot to bake the twelve different kinds of cookies everyone likes. Life at Christmas is hectic. Take a break! Tired of the same old shopping...

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a5: music for five voices

Musikay and Kammerchor London collaborate for the first time in singing music by Bach, Schutz, and Hassler. They say two heads are better than one. Now imagine five heads and five voices getting together for this program of absolutely delightful five-part music. A...

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We all have a dream

We all have a dream. Mine is to create a professional quality ensemble in the Hamilton-Oakville area to perform classical music. I want to sing at the level I experienced when I was part of the McGill Chamber Singers—Only the best singers were part of that group. Our...

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Summer job for a student

Musikay has a summer job opportunity for the University student. The job description includes: Filing, cataloging, organizing. Planning concert season: concert locations, hiring of performers, preparing marketing material. If you are interested, please email us at...

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Thank you

What an afternoon we had yesterday. Four voices, four beautiful voices, the best acoustics found in Hamilton, great music, an absolutely intimate setting, and you have the perfect description of our concert. With very few verbal introductions and poignant singing, we...

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William Byrd and the Ave verum corpus

The conversion of England from the Roman Catholic church to the Church of England by King Henry VIII (and later Queen Elizabeth I) forced those who wished to practice Catholicism to do so covertly, as penalties included fines, scrutiny, torture or death. All vestiges...

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Stabat mater

The Stabat Mater is a hymn to Mary, portraying her suffering as Jesus Christ's mother during his crucifixion. The title comes from its first line, Stabat Mater dolorosa, which means "the sorrowful mother was standing". The earliest version of the Stabat Mater was...

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Mass for Four Voices

William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices is a choral Mass setting composed around 1592 – 93 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Like most masses, it consists of fives sections: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus & Benedictus, Agnus Dei. It is a noted example of English...

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