For two decades, Ensemble Laude has enchanted audiences on Vancouver Island with its creative blend of medieval repertoire and contemporary choral works from around the world. Ensemble Laude is a community united by a passion for choral music and the vision of our Artistic Director, Dr. Elizabeth MacIsaac. We celebrate the beauty and resilience of women’s vocal traditions through the ages and seek to share this art form through joyful, soulful, and life-enhancing performances that gladden the heart, lift the spirit, and expand the mind.
Ensemble Laude began in 1999 with a group of 12 singers focused solely on medieval music. It has since expanded into a vibrant community choir of over 60 vocalists. Today, our concerts offer an eclectic repertoire, mostly unaccompanied, encompassing early music, sacred and secular works, and folk and world music. We are committed to expanding choral repertoire for upper voices and regularly commission new Canadian works that preserve and revitalize early-music themes within contemporary settings.
Since the 2011-12 choral season, Ensemble Laude has released its first CD, commissioned compositions from renowned composers such as Nicholas Fairbank, Andrea Young, Georgina Craig, Sarah Quartel, Kathleen Allen, Victor Zupanc and Robert Ingari.
As an auditioned community choir, Ensemble Laude provides opportunities for women and girls from a wide range of backgrounds to perform at a high level of excellence. Soloists and smaller ensembles are a strong feature of our work as is the choir’s creative approach to concert presentation and the use of physical space. In recent years, the choir has been recognized with first-place awards at the Victoria Performing Arts Festival and Performing Arts BC, first and second-place awards at the 2012 International Choral Kathaumixw, and numerous voters’ choice awards for best choral and classical music group from Victoria’s Monday Magazine. Ensemble Laude won second place in Equal Voice in the 2015 CBC Choral Competition, and in 2016 travelled to France to represent Canada at the international Choralies festival in Vaison-la-Romaine. Ensemble Laude was an invited Spotlight choir at the Podium 2018 festival in St John’s, NFL.
“Ensemble Laude seem to have positioned themselves in a new league. From mediaeval to baroque to contemporary, they seem fearlessly at home.” – Music in Victoria
Photo Credit: Ute Muller © 2015