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The Melos Choral Ensemble
David Cameron, Music Director
Founded in 1984 by Music Director David
Cameron as an ensemble of sixteen singers, Melos
expanded in 2000 to become The Melos Choral Ensemble, a mixed-voice
choir of 40-50 members. Melos performs four concerts per year, which
take place at city churches or at one of the two Kingston cathedrals.
Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings, from September to May, at
MacCallum Hall, Chalmers
United Church, and membership is by audition.
Melos' repertoire ranges widely over the choral music of six centuries
(masses, madrigals, motets, anthems, part songs, and contemporary
compositions). Performances include music sung a cappella, and music
accompanied by piano, organ and various instrumental ensembles.
Qualified singers sometimes have opportunities to perform solo parts.
In the annual Good Friday Concert of Chalmers Church, Melos combines
with the Choir of Chalmers to perform a major choral work with guest
soloists and orchestra. The roster of featured compositions includes
Bach's B Minor Mass and the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms and Fauré.
Melos regularly revisits Handel's Messiah in the December holiday
season, and at this time of year it has presented more unusual repertoire
by composers such as Lully and Charpentier. Under the auspices of
Music West, Melos has also participated in a staged production of
Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.
An informal Valentine's Day concert-fundraiser, jointly organized
by members of Melos and Chalmers Church Choir, showcases singers
and instrumentalists from both choirs who volunteer their talents
- individually or in groups - to perform light music. This is invariably
accompanied by rich desserts, all presented in a café-style