In the fall of 2013 a group of singers in Collingwood approached Brian Rae to form a choir and ChoralWorks was born.
ChoralWorks is a choir of 30 auditioned singers in the Collingwood area, who present two concerts per year. One at Christmas and one in the Spring. The repertoire covers the greatest choral music including some of he best known extended choral works, opera choruses, numbers from Musicals, Canadian and American compositions, the Beatles and beyond. The chorus performs with orchestra and soloists which gives an opportunity to bring a classical orchestral experience to the town of Collingwood. Subsequently ChoralWorks has enjoyed quite a following. Choralworks’ concerts sell out and in December 2019 they performed the Messiah in two sold-out performances. On May 11, 2019 the chorus will present Carmina Burana.
Brian Rae is an alumnus of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Choir School. Mr. Rae held many positions in over 40 years at the school, including Director of Choral Music. He taught organ and theory and conducted the Tenor, Bass and Senior Choirs. He was also head of the Instrumental and Theoretical Departments. Over the years he produced as well as accompanied and/or conducted eight recordings with St. Michael’s. As Tour Director for the Choir School, he arranged and conducted tours across Canada, throughout the United States, Europe and in the Caribbean, notably Trinidad and Tobago. For many years, Mr. Rae was organist at St. Michael’s Cathedral (now Basilica). In 2006, he received Papal Honours and was appointed a Knight of St Gregory. Conductor, organist and accompanist, he now resides in Collingwood with his wife Dolores. Brian presides over the organ at St. Mary’s.