Margaret’s Choir puts Winnipeg on world choral map

This coming Sunday will be reserved for singing.

By Heather Emberley
Community News Commons, December 4, 2014

On that day, Dec. 7, 2014 – World Choral Day – Margaret’s Choir will perform a benefit concert for CanU, a registered charity that helps under-resourced Winnipeg children in grades 5 to 7 see their possibilities for further education.

It’s shaping up to be a perfect pairing of the arts in harmony with those less fortunate.

Margaret Tobin

Margaret Tobin

Margaret Tobin

How fitting that the newly renamed Winnipeg choir, renowned for its feel good concerts, performs for the first time as a tribute to its founder, on a day recognized internationally in honour of choral singing.

The choir will sing for Margaret Tobin with all their hearts, as she will be watching the concert via live streaming in her room at Grace Hospice palliative unit, where she is receiving care for breast cancer.

To celebrate the gift of song that Margaret Tobin has given to so many people who believed they could not sing, and with gratitude from all who found their voice thanks to her vision, Spirit’s Call Choir will proudly continue to sing for joy and perform under the name, Margaret’s Choir.

And sing they will at MBCI Jubilee Auditorium, 173 Talbot Avenue at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 7. Guest artists include Steve Kirby’s Kids Jazz Buddies from the University of Manitoba’s Marcel Desautels Faculty of Music, and Kelvin High School Chamber Choir.

Tickets are available by calling 204-452-6590 or from Room 426, Education Building, U of M. Prices are $16 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for those 12 years of age and under.

It’s something to sing about as Margaret’s Choir is pleased to sing for CanU on this special day, and to spread the word about this amazing program co-ordinated by Roger Berrington at the University of Manitoba.

The after school program pairs inner city children with university student volunteers who assist kids with math, literacy, sports, and nutrition, helping kids believe in themselves and their dreams.

The choir itself serves as a mentor of spirit and caring, and is proof of what is possible when one follows one’s dreams.

The spirit of Margaret Tobin will certainly live on through benefit concerts such as this.

It’s been a wonderful year for music in Winnipeg, especially Margaret’s Choir whose 160 members raised their voices as well as $190,000 for local charities.