These Things Shall Be in Toronto

Following the last blog on a performance of These Things Shall Be in Rotterdam, this post focuses on its Canadian premiere, which took place in December 1940. On this occasion the choir of Toronto Conservatory was conducted by Sir Ernest Macmillan (1893–1973), seen right as photographed in the same year. Macmillan, whose career embraced conducting, composing, performing and teaching, is widely regarded as one of the most influential Canadian musicians of his generation. During the First World War he was interned in Ruhleben, along with a number of musicians, including Benjamin Dale, Edgar Bainton and Frederick Keel, several of whom found themselves there on account of their attendance at Bayreuth! The first movement of Macmillan’s String Quartet in C minor can be heard HERE.Ernest MacMillan in front of a familiar Toronto landmark.


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