Meet The Team
Lona Richardson has sung with the chorale since its inception and assumed the role of accompanist in 1985. She began her musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and received degrees in teaching and performing from Trinity College of Music, London, England while still only 15 years old.
Lona is past contralto soloist at Oriole-York Mills United Church in North York and is accompanist for the Swan Lake Singers in Markham as well as for the Oxford ChurchMusic summer singing courses in Oxford, England.
Bob is also musical director of the Swan Lake Singers in Markham, and during the past few summers has served as a clinician at the Oxford ChurchMusic summer singing courses in Oxford, England.
Founder and Music Director Robert Richardson is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and Trinity College of Music, London, England. He taught and consulted for the York Region District School Board for 35 years, founding the Music Alive programme.
Landmarks of the choir’s history
include winning the City of Lincoln (England) trophy in a cross-Canada competition in 1976, an appearance at Saskatchewan Sings in Regina during a visit to Western Canada in 1983, and a tour of Holland and England in 1985, culminating in a performance at Canada House in London. Cantabile has also performed throughout the Maritimes during tours in 1987 and 1989.
Meet the Choir
Cantabile Chorale of York Region in Ontario, Canada is a 40-voice mixed adult choir with membership drawn from Thornhill, Richmond Hill and neighbouring areas. The choir was founded in 1973 by Robert Richardson, who has remained its musical director and major driving force ever since. Cantabile Chorale entertains audiences in and around York Region about eight times a year, drawing on an eclectic and ever-expanding choral repertoire ranging from sacred to secular and Bach to Broadway.