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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

This is a momentous season in many ways!  Ensemble Laude is larger and more vibrant than ever before with 50 singers, an Assistant Director, Composer-in-Residence and Administrator! This year in addition to our regular concerts we also have been invited to perform at the international Choralies festival in France.  We are busy as bees! You […]