Silver screen classic is brought to life with live music as the Guelph Chamber Choir presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame

GUELPH, Ontario October 21, 2011 - The Guelph Chamber Choir opens its 2011/12 season with a screening of the classic 1923 film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Lon Chaney with live music for choir and organ on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at St. George’s Anglican Church at 8 pm.

This merging of film, choral music and improvisation on St. George’s organ – capable of sounds both delicate and thunderous – offers a special musical and visual treat certain to provide thrills, shock, and delight, just before Halloween.

The GCC looks forward to collaborating again with guest conductor Robert Cooper, one of Canada’s eminent choral conductors, currently head of the esteemed Orpheus Choir of Toronto, the Opera in Concert Chorus and the newly formed BlackCreek Festival Chorus.

Dr. Cooper has selected a mélange of dramatic choral music to portray Quasimodo’s turbulent emotional struggles during the French Revolution in Paris. Edward Moroney’s sensational improvisations on the organ, sounding at the front and back of the church, will immerse you in this tale of tortured love.

Conductor Gerald Neufeld commented,

“It is exciting to blend choral music with film media to create an entirely new experience. It creates a very powerful emotional impact on the audience through the excitement of live music performed with the movie.”

Join film historian and popular culture critic Joan Nicks for an illustrated PodiumTalk!, entitled Filmmaking and Hollywood Style in the Jazz Age, immediately before the performance from 7:00 to 7:30 pm.

Single tickets are now available for only $25 each or 4 or more for only $20. We encourage young adults to attend with $10 tickets for those 30 and under and only $5 for youth with the popular eyeGO programme.

Single tickets are available through choir or board members, or through the River Run Centre by calling 519-763-3000 or online at

To discover more, please visit our website at or call 519-836-5103.

Special thanks to our community-engaged concert sponsors: Deloitte, Guelph Twines and TD Canada Trust along with soloist sponsors: MDK/Child Financial Advisors, Miller Thomson Lawyers and Weiler & Company Chartered Accountants.