The Cantala Women’s Choir Spring concert Russian Beauty brought an extraordinary rendition of Sergei Rachmaninoff's six choral songs and more familiar choral music to Toronto.

Conductor, Nancy Singla remarked that she is inspired by both the beauty of Rachmaninoff and the Elektra Choir in Vancouver. It was a smart choice. The calibre of guest pianist, Asal Iranmehr added to the dramatic flair of this wonderful choral evening.


"My mother, who is Russian, said that the concert was fantastic, and she cried numerous times. She also said that the Russian was clean, and she really enjoyed those pieces!” commented Ankita Khanda

Cantala Board Member, Nancy Dawe, wrapped up the evening by adding her gratitude to Ontario Arts Council for their support in this 10th Cantala season. Their two grants supported both the development of this concert and Singla’s big dream to record a CD. 


“A significant part of growing the choir this year is that they travelled across the border last month to New York City and sang and worked with Eric Whitacre, who is an incredible composer and conductor. It's all those little things that are exciting in growth and delight of the choir.” 

Listen to a live recording from Saturday night of Rise Up, My Love here

“Maybe if we outgrow the space, then that's another sign of growth. We ran out of programs tonight. If you didn't get one that's a good sign. We will print more next time.” 

That next opportunity to see this first-rate choir will be the Christmas concert on Saturday, December 8, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields.


Guest post by John Gregory @gregiej

Cantala Board Member. INBOUND18 speaker, Journalist @gregiej, Mentor at Opencity Inc. on strategy and digital communications.