Silver and Gold
Get into the holiday spirit with a sparkling celebration of the season.
We take to the stage joined by the one-and-only Hannaford Street Silver Band to delight you with holiday classics and celebratory new arrangements. And of course, we will invite you to join in the revelry as we sing some of your favourite carols together.
This concert features …
A world premiere for choir and full brass band by Aaron Manswell
Works by past winners of the beloved annual Seasonal Songwriting Competition including Mark Sirrett, Eleanor Daley, Laura Sgroi, and Cassandra Luftspring
The world premiere of a new brass arrangement of “This Christmastide” (Jessye’s Carol) by Donald Fraser
Works by Heinrich Schutz, Giovanni Gabrieli, James Rolfe, and Len Ballantine
Carols arranged by David Willcocks – don’t forget to sing along!
This event is sure to be a highlight of your holiday season with its brassy grandeur and choral magnificence!
Hannaford Street Silver Band
The Hannaford Street Silver Band is Toronto’s award-winning professional brass band and Resident Company of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Its mission is to honour the traditions of this art form and at the same time place it in a contemporary context with a unique Canadian point of view. The HSSB has redefined what a brass band is capable of doing by facilitating innovative creative projects and collaborating with the very best of Canada’s diverse cultures and outstanding artists.
Aaron Manswell, Composer
Aaron Manswell is a composer from Toronto, Ontario. His songs have been performed by ensembles including the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and the Oakwood University Aeolians. In February 2023, he was a featured artist for the Canadian Opera Company’s Showcase Series, delivering Off-Spring Live: a concert of his works reflective of his simultaneous relationship with Classical, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Gospel music. He is the winner of the 2022 Grand Philharmonic Choir Canada-wide Composition Contest and the runner-up for the 2023 American Choral Directors Association Brock Prize for Student Composers. He is a music producer and keyboardist for multiple Juno Award-winning Canadian R&B artists. As a film composer, he has written original scores for films premiered at the Toronto and Montreal Black Film Festivals. As an educator, he is the former Wind Band Conductor at Crawford Adventist Academy, leading the concert bands to top festival prizes and live recordings. Manswell has earned music composition degrees from Oakwood University and the University of Memphis and is currently the composer-in-residence for the MacMillan Singers at the University of Toronto where he is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition.
The world premiere of “Thank You Twice” by Aaron Manswell is generously supported by the SOCAN Foundation.