Hamilton, Canada, October 29, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Keith Thomas, Canadian Orpheus Male Choir (COMC) president announced a new choir Patron: “The choir is delighted that Bob Morrow accepted our invitation to become a Patron. He has an enduring connection with us as a musician, and we hold a deep appreciation for the respect he commands as Hamilton’s longest serving mayor.’’
The COMC, a registered Canadian non-profit, has been singing to support charitable causes, to promote civic pride and to encourage artistic excellence since 1977. This season, the choir aims to grow its membership and strengthen its ties in the greater Hamilton area.
“I consider this a great honour because of my long-time respect for and appreciation of the Choir and what it has meant to our community and the country as a whole,” said Morrow.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1946, Bob Morrow attended school in Hamilton, Waterloo and Toronto.
Musically, Morrow achieved his ARCT in Piano – solo performers – and he has long been involved in church music – currently serving as Organist and Choir Director at St. Patrick’s Church in downtown Hamilton. At the COMC’s 19th Annual Concert at Hamilton Place on 24 May 1996 the Guests Artist was the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under Music Director Glenn Mallory with Bob Morrow, Mayor of Hamilton, Pianist.
Morrow served on Hamilton City Council for many years – eighteen of them as Mayor (from 1982 to 2000) – and he is at present serving as Interim Councillor for Hamilton’s Ward 3. He also served with great distinction as a Federal Judge (Citizenship and Immigration) covering a large territory in Southern Ontario.
Morrow has received many honours for his public service, including two Jubilee medals honouring Queen Elizabeth and two senior knighthoods from each of the Republics of Italy and Poland.
About the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir
The COMC is an internationally known choir of some 45 members open to men ages 19-plus from all cultural backgrounds. The Choir’s repertoire is extensive and varied, including popular tunes, songs from musicals, opera choruses, spirituals, hymns, ballads and folk songs.
The COMC has performed more than 450 concerts in venues such as the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London. Concert tours have taken the choir to the United States, Western Canada, the Maritime Provinces, Europe and elsewhere.
Over the years, the choir has performed with many guest artists, most notably the bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, tenor Glyn Evans, soprano Abigail Freeman, violinist Martin Beaver, the Canadian Brass, and the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces.
The choir is a non-profit corporation which regularly performs for the benefit of charitable causes. The COMC has raised and donated some $800,000 to support charities, including service clubs, churches, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and The Hamilton Spectator Children’s Fund, among others.
Rehearsals are held Monday evenings at 7:30pm at Peoples Church, 510 Mohawk Rd. West.
For more information on the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir:
Canadian Orpheus Male Choir
For information about Robert Morrow:
Anne Marie DiPronio
Executive Assistant to Councillor Bob Morrow
Ward 3 – City of Hamilton