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Students rehearse for Canada Day celebrations
27 June 2006 Belleville, Ontario—Good news abounds for the choristers of the Hastings and Prince Edward Children’s Chorus, a chorus affiliated with the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. The Hastings and Prince Edward Children’s Chorus, conducted by Rudolf (Maestro) Heijdens, is an international award-winning choir (Vienna 2000 and 2003) and a member of Choirs Ontario, Chorus America, and the International Federation for Choral Music.

This week choristers and parents learned that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., Governor General of Canada, has accepted the Chorus’ invitation to serve as Patron of the Hastings and Prince Edward Children’s Chorus. In her letter of acceptance, Her Excellency conveyed her very best wishes for the Chorus’ continued success.

Maestro Heijdens says that this is indeed a most impressive gift in this the twentieth year of the Chorus’ operation, and that the Chorus intends to live up to the prestige this appointment represents by continuing to offer the best in choral music.

This weekend, the Chorus will participate in Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa along with choirs from eight other provinces. They will perform at Unisong, an annual choral festival which is organized by the Arts Bureau for the Continents as part of the Canada Day celebrations in the nation’s capital. On Wednesday 45 choristers from the Central Training Choir (grades 4 to 8) and five choristers from the Youth Chorale will travel to Ottawa to present, in the company of eight other choirs, three concerts in the National Arts Centre (NAC). The conductor for both the choirs and the NAC orchestra is Stephen Hatfield.

Maestro Heijdens remarks, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the children in the chorus. They have rehearsed for many, many hours to prepare for this national event and are proud to represent not only Hastings and Prince Edward counties, but also Ontario.”

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 46 elementary and eight secondary schools serving 18,700 students, employing 1,067 teachers and 775 support staff. The Board covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Picton to the south, and Quinte West to the west.

For more information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354
• Rudolf Heijdens, Founder-Conductor, Hastings and Prince Edward Children’s Chorus, 613-962-0920