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Carols by CandlelightClick to expand Track listing



Produced by Robert Cooper, Released 2013

After twelve years of collaboration at Carols by Candlelight, our two choirs have recorded some of the musical highlights of these annual celebrations. There is so much beautiful Christmas repertoire to enjoy, regardless of your religious affiliation. This music speaks of a desire for new beginnings, generosity, and the pursuit of peace.

Warmest thanks go to the superb team of Conductors from VIVA! Youth Singers Janessa Lafleur, Laura Menard, and Susan Suchard, Producer Robert Cooper, Recordist Dave Burnham, and the wonderful singers in our choirs who dedicated many hours to the rehearsal and recording process.
We hope that this collection of new and familiar tunes will be a welcome addition to your seasonal festivities.

Carol Woodward Ratzlaff, Artistic Director, VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto
and Brad Ratzlaff, Organist and Choir Director, Trinity- St. Paul’s United Church – December 2013

$20/copy.  Please contact 416 788 8482 or info@vivayouthsingers.com to place an order.

Sample tracks:

05 How Like An Angel (Rupert Lang) Chamber Choir, Carol Woodward Ratzlaff, Conductor; Jessica Wright, solo


06 In the Bleak Midwinter (Brad Ratzlaff) Main Chorus, Carol Woodward Ratzlaff, Conductor


07 Inuit Vignette (Michael and Mira Coghlan) Prep Chorus, Susan Suchard, Conductor


The Best Years CDVIVA’s debut CD
Produced by Robert Cooper, Released 2010

VIVA!’s debut recording features a diverse selection of some of our favourite repertoire to date.  Produced by VIVA! board member Robert Cooper, The Best Years is a beautiful collection of songs performed by each of our ensembles.

Its title piece is a musical written by Canadian composer-librettist Leslie Arden in collaboration with VIVA! choristers. The moving work explores the ever-evolving dynamic between kids and their parents and the struggles of growing up.

$20/copy.  Please contact 416 788 8482 or info@vivayouthsingers.com to place an order.

Sample tracks

Track 2 – Sicut Cervus (G.P. da Palestrina, 1584), Chamber Choir, Brad Ratzlaff, Conductor


Track 6 – There is No Rose (Benjamin Britten, 1943) from A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28. Text Anon., 14th Century, Main Chorus, Carol Woodward Ratzlaff, Conductor


Track 8 – The Moon (James Rolfe), Preparatory Chorus and Junior Choir, Susan Suchard & Laura Menard, Conductors


Track 9 – And So It Goes (Billy Joel, Arr. Peter Berring), Chamber Choir, Brad Ratzlaff, Conductor


Track 16 – How Would You Know? (Leslie Arden) from The Best Years, 2010, Main Chorus, Carol Woodward Ratzlaff, Conductor