Formerly known as the Senior Citizens Choir of Winnipeg, for choristers 55 plus, the choir was founded in 1970 by Margaret Wharrie. The mandate was to provide entertainment on a voluntary basis to people in the community, especially shut-ins. The choir continues this tradition today, entertaining in assisted living and personal care homes. Rehearsals for the choir are held at McClure United Church, 533 Greenwood Place, on Monday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. If you would like more information about us or wish to make a donation, by all means, contact us with any questions you may have – including perhaps joining us to sing!
During the Centennial Celebrations of 1970, a group of Winnipeg’s senior singers got together to participate in the festivities. After the celebrations ended the group decided to remain together and with Margaret Wharrie as president, the “Senior Citizen’s Choir of Winnipeg” had its beginnings.
They hired a director, Olga Irwin, and an accompanist, Dorothy Atkinson. The Choir grew to over 100 voices bringing their special brand of music to Winnipeg, especially shut-ins.
Much in demand, the Choir performed at venues across Western Canada. The 25th Anniversary Concert was held October 29th, 1995 at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre with Maestro Bramwell Tovey as emcee.
Now known as the Seniors’ Choral Society with Richard Greig as director and Kerrine Wilson as the accompanist, the Choir continues to entertain the citizens of Winnipeg. We currently have 25-35 choristers and always welcome new members.
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