Alata Harmonia Chorus Of Canada

History of Alata Harmonia Chorus Of Canada

Founded in 2002 by Lillian Sit, the Alata Harmonia Chorus of Canada ("Alata") consists of the Alata Harmonia Choir and Alata Chamber Singers, with over a hundred singers in total. With the aim to explore different levels of music for the intrinsic richness and depth of choral music, the choir experiments with a great variety of singing techniques and harmonies. Its repertoire covers a wide spectrum of musical styles: western and eastern, classical and contemporary, as well as sacred and secular.

Since its inception, Alata has performed many major choral works, including Rossini’s Messe Solennelle, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Gounod’s Messe Breve No. 7 aux Chapelles, Brahms’ A German Requiem, Vivaldi's Magnificat, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Durufle’s Requiem. Other numerous performances showcased works of notable Canadian composers such as Ruth Watson Hendersen, Eleanor Daley, Harry Freedman, Erhei Liang, Anlun Huang, Mitzi Tam and Ka-Nin Chan. In addition, Alata has performed many Chinese choral works which include the full length concert “Happy Kaleidoscope” in 2011 featuring Chinese folk songs from many ethnic groups in China, all sung in A Cappella.

In addition to holding regular concerts, the choir has performed in many charity and cultural events including two full length fundraising concerts: in 2005 for the victims of South Asia Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, and in 2010 for CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind). In 2006, we performed in the Chinese New Year Show “The Same Song in Canada” organized by the Beijing Central Television which was broadcast throughout China. We have travelled to Laval Quebec twice to perform in the international choral festival, Le Mondial Choral Loto-Quebec. In June 2008, we participated in the third Dong Zhou Cup World Chinese Choral Music Festival held in Beijing, where besides winning a Silver Cup for overall performance, we also received four other awards in tone quality, artistic style, musical interpretation and diction. After the contest, Alata travelled to other parts of China and gave successful performances in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuxi and Hong Kong. In 2011, we performed in “Mandarin Profile Award Ceremony” which was broadcast on Fairchild TV and Chinavision TV.