What’s new at Toronto Beach Chorale

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and emergency measures were imposed, Toronto Beach Chorale cut short our 2019-2020 season. We’d just had a well-received performance of Carmina Burana at St Anne’s Anglican, our first major concert outside the Beach area. The cancellation was a setback for devoted choristers and audiences alike, as we all watched the world screech to a halt.

TBC choristers held their annual general meeting virtually in July 2020. At that time it seemed unlikely that regular rehearsals and performances would resume any time soon. Our Artistic Director, Mervin W. Fick, proposed to turn TBC into a centre of learning, so that as long as we were unable to perform, we could at least build our musical abilities. We reassembled at Beach United Church this September with a paradigm shift of masking and social distancing, and TBC master classes began.

It was challenging to make music with a mask and social distancing, and we all did miss the opportunity to sing and perform together. But we worked hard through our master classes to build our sense of rhythm, improve our sight reading, and develop our musicality, and when the second lockdown hit in November and classes had to stop, we had at least built enough skill in rhythm and sight reading to record our first virtual performance, which we sent out as a “Holiday card” e-mail.

We all hope this ‘new normal’ soon yields to a better and safer future. We look forward to a time when we can return to live performances and test our artistic training before a life audience once again. Hopefully we will see you at a concert in the not too distant future.

Toronto Beach Chorale proudly thanks Rama Toronto East for funds raised through its Charitable Gaming.