Founded in 1951 by the late Richard Eaton, Edmonton’s symphonic choir, Richard Eaton Singers (RES), has played a leading role in the cultural community of the city for more than six decades. RES is dedicated to the enjoyment, study and performance of great choral music, to an international standard of excellence, and to fostering the appreciation and future of this music.
RES performances have included Edmonton premieres of many choral masterpieces including the Bach St. John and St. Matthew Passions, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony. RES has commissioned and produced many other world premiere performances by Canadian composers, including Mark Sirett’s In Praise of Music, John Estacio’s The Houses Stand Not Far Apart, Ruth Watson Henderson’s A Song of the Seasons (text by Ted Blodgett) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dr Ratzlaff’s artistic leadership of RES, and Estacio’s branche, in memory of former choir member Frieda Haliburton. The choir has traveled extensively across Canada, to the Netherlands, Britain, and Germany, and has exchanged with other choirs, including the Calgary Philharmonic Choir and Vancouver Bach Choir. RES also regularly performs with other Edmonton area choirs. As partners with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra RES has created many memorable choral events in our city, including the performance of Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand to celebrate the opening of the Francis Winspear Centre for Music. In recent years RES has joined forces with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble to perform the oratorios of Handel, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor.