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Members of VIVA in The Play of Daniel

Members of VIVA in The Play of Daniel

Rave reviews for Toronto Consort’s The Play of Daniel with members of VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto

“Partnered by an unfailingly resonant four-player ensemble performing on period instruments, the dynamic cast of principals and comprimari, supported by the fresh, radiant voices of the VIVA! Youth Singers, filled Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre to overflowing with an outpouring of harmony and plainsong, drama, laughter and spirituality.”
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“…as the houselights darkened, and the sound of four, ethereal, fresh-voiced young choristers began to sing, I was instantly hooked and the weight of the intervening centuries evaporated.”
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“…they succeeded admirably… certain things stand out: Many young people are involved.  In this case the Viva! Youth Singers of Toronto who range in age from maybe eight or nine to teenagers.  The blend of immature voices with the eight trained adult singers is crucial.”
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“The Play of Daniel resembles an opera with a medieval sound. Bringing it to the stage was a huge undertaking, including the participation of over a dozen adult stage performers and the 22 members of Viva! Youth singers of Toronto… I don’t think you’d be able to surpass what the Toronto Consort achieved on this occasion, between their brilliant musicianship, the wit of the text and the beauty of the presentation. You must see it if you can…”
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John Terauds of the Toronto Star writes about VIVA! in his Sound Mind Blog in 2010

“At 10 this season, Viva! Youth Singers of Toronto is one of the youngest of the many high-quality community choirs catering to children in the Greater Toronto Area. Like most large youth choruses, Viva divides the kids up by age and ability, giving the talented or hard-working the opportunity to move up into more challenging repertoire. Unlike most choirs, Viva also has a group for children with special needs.”
Read more at thestar.blogs.com/soundmind

Kudos for Nutcracker – Michael Crabb, Toronto Star

“…The proceedings, of course, are immensely enlivened by the deployment of 40 or so dancing children, ably headed on Saturday afternoon by National Ballet School students Emilie Anne Fisher and Sebastian Lecomte as warring siblings Marie and Misha. Add to this Tchaikovsky’s music played live by the ballet’s estimable orchestra, under music director David Briskin’s able baton, and lovely vocal contributions from VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto, and you have a Nutcracker it would be hard to surpass.”
Read more at thestar.com
4 out of 4 stars – Michael Crabb,  Special to the Star

Kudos from David Briskin, The National Ballet of Canada

“Thank you for a particularly wonderful season.  The children [. . .] sound stronger and stronger each year”
– David Briskin, Music Director and Principal Conductor

Choirs Ontario features VIVA! in December 2010 issue of DYNAMIC

VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto celebrate a decade of music, education and community with the release of debut album.
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