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Hymn Sing Reunion Concert

  • Bethel Mennonite Church 465 Stafford Street Winnipeg, MB (map)

CBC Hymn Sing TV Program

Former members of the CBC Winnipeg Hymn Sing Chorus are organizing a reunion for the weekend of August 24-26, 2018. Choristers from the 30-year program will meet, renew acquaintances, and enjoy planned activities during various social events. The Hymn Sing concert for the public is being planned for Sunday August 26, 2018 where fans of Hymn Sing will have an opportunity to meet their favourite  choristers. The Hymn Sing Reunion Concert will take place at Bethel Mennonite Church, 465 Stafford Street, Sunday August 26th 2018 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $20.00 and are available from McNally Robinson Booksellers at 1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

For more information regarding this event, or the Go Fund Me Page set up to support the reunion, please contact John Nelson at jonel3454@hotmail.com or Cynthia Laird Dutton at cynthiakdutton@gmail.com or call (204) 837-9161 / (204) 295-3692 (cel)‬.


Did you know...

  • During the summer of 1965 Eric Wild, a well-known  conductor, music director and arranger, along with Don S Williams, CBC producer-director conceived the format of Hymn Sing and began auditioning singers.  Hymn Sing made its debut on the CBC television network in October of 1965.
  • Originally started as a pilot project featuring 12 singers for 13 half hour shows on Sunday afternoons and then expanded to 16 singers.
  • Hymn Sing featured a collection of sacred choral anthems, spirituals, hymns - including sing-a-longs, soloists, duets, quartets.
  • Hymn Sing was one of the longest running national Canadian TV musical programs running 30 years - 1965-1996, along with the Tommy Hunter Show and Don Messer’s Jubilee
  • During its 30 years of production, Hymn Sing was recorded in a studio setting as well as during live concerts.
  • It was broadcast to fans across Canada and parts of the U.S.
  • Hymn Sing travelled to most provinces in Canada giving concerts to sold out audiences.
  • Hymn Sing only had two musical directors during its 30 year period - Eric Wild 1965-1977 and Winnifred Sim 1977-1996
  • Don Williams served as the initial producer-director of Hymn Sing for 3 years, and thereafter went on to produce the Beachcomber series in British Columbia. The late Dave Waters continued as the producer-director for the remaining 27 years
  • Over the years a number of family members appeared on the Hymn Sing program: brothers Philip and Peter Ens, Vic and Doug Pankratz, father and son Dennis and Scott Braun; the program also featured all 4 siblings of the same family  - Lois, Mark, Marcia and David Watson and their cousin Lynne Ewert
  • Approximately 400 young singers performed on the program over the years.
  • Hymn Sing launched the careers of a number of singers, music teachers, university music faculty as well as church and community choral directors.
  • Hymn Sing Chorus recorded three albums on the Waterloo Music record label
  • Hymn Sing received an award from the Association of Roman Catholic Communicators in Canada (ARCCC) for Best Media Arts Production - in recognition of their unique role in presenting an essential, distinctive aspect of Canada's spiritual and religious culture.
  • In the 30 years that Hymn Sing was on national television and the 23 years since, there has never been a reunion or wind up party

For more information check out the Hymn sing website at http://www.hymnsingreunion.ca or the Hymn Sing Facebook page

Earlier Event: June 19
Tried and True Reading Session