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Jubilee Musical Tribute

 200 Voice Choir and Orchestra to Celebrate Anniversaries of Queen’s and Perth

There will be a special spring concert this year to celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the Military Settlement at Perth in 1816. It also happens to be the 175th anniversary of the founding of Queen’s University.

Did you know that a prominent Perth resident, William Morris, helped to found Queens? The Perth/Queen’s connection is still alive today in the musical life of Perth. Brad Mills, our director of music, and Shelley McLaren, the conductor of the Men and Women of the Tay, are Queen’s grads; and Perth resident and owner of the Perth Manor, Gordon Craig, is the conductor of the Queen’s University Orchestra. These groups along with the St. James Choir and our musical friends will combine with the Queen’s University Choral Ensemble to sing Schubert’s Mass in C, written in 1816, the Perth founding year. 

To accommodate the large choir and orchestra the concert will take place in Perth at St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church on Saturday March 19th at 7:30 p.m.  St. John Church has wonderful acoustics for this divine music.  The Perth choirs will travel to Kingston to perform the concert with the Queen’s University Choral Ensemble and Orchestra at Grant Hall on the previous evening, Friday March 18th at 7:30 p.m.