2020 has been stressful in so many ways and for choir singers, choir is our happy place.  Just when we most need to gather together to SING, we can’t! We miss our choir buddies!  We all have family friends, work friends… and our choir friends! We are used to checking in with each other once […]

The taxi driver dumped us off in front of the Memorial University residences at 4:00 am with the assurance that “I’m pretty sure this is the place!” As we unloaded our suitcases and started to search for the door in the dark, I stopped and looked around and took a deep breath of the Atlantic […]

Tonight I sat at the back of a church hall in Victoria, listening to the weekly rehearsal of a 50-voice women’s choir, Ensemble Laude. I’ve heard them in concert many times over the years. Every single time I am inspired and moved to tears by their impeccable and soulful renditions of songs ranging from medieval […]

This season is amping up to be spectacular!  We have over 50 beautiful singers, repertoire that director Elizabeth MacIsaac has sourced from 3 countries, and heart, soul and enthusiasm! Spellbound…the very word conjures up images of fascination, imagination, enchantment. This December, Ensemble Laude will enrapture its listeners with songs of beauty and magic from the […]

Once the tour bus arrived in Vaison-la-Romaine, the group went its separate ways!       Most of the group stayed in a single hotel, but others camped in the festival campground, surrounded by vineyards.                       We had all signed up for different ateliers, or […]

From Thoronet, we travelled to Aix-en-Provence, the ancient city of fountains!  We were thrilled to sing in the Aix Cathedral, Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur, as it is so beautiful and the oldest cathedral in France!  According to tradition, the original chapel was built by St Maximinius, accompanied by Mary Magdalene herself, in the first century.  Later construction around […]

Ensemble Laude has just arrived back from its first international tour – to France!  We sang at the Eglise St Pierre d’Arene in Nice, St Sauveur Cathedral in Aix-en-Provence, and then on to the international Choralies festival in Vaison-la-Romaine, as the only choir from Canada! When we arrived in Nice, it was to a city […]

It’s getting closer! All the dreaming, research and organization of a thousand tasks is coming together to make Ensemble Laude’s first international tour a reality. To go on such an incredible trip with a group of women who all share the same passion for singing is a great gift. I have always wanted to go […]

  Our pieces on the upcoming Caravan concert are so diverse, it is truly as though the listener were coming on a journey with us. And who better to travel with than a bevy of loud, passionate and fun women? Not only are we journeyers, we are singers of songs and tellers of tales! Even our […]

A choir singing together can be one of the most powerful and uplifting sounds in the world – something about a group singing in harmony makes the spirit soar!   A choir is a remarkable combination of the collective and individual. Obviously, it is a group enterprise, but at the same time, the group could […]