New album: When There is Peace

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the WWI Armistice, When There Is Peace is a bold reflection on the time when guns fell silent and hope bloomed once more.

When There Is Peace: An Armistice Oratorio by Chor Leoni Composer-in-Residence Zachary Wadsworth is Chor Leoni’s first recording since winning the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from the professional organisation, Chorus America.

Told in the words of Great War-era poets and the found writings of infantrymen in the trenches, When There Is Peace draws the listener in to experience the journey from war through that tenuous moment when word of the Armistice first broke, and finally to the delirious ecstasy when the guns fell silent, and hope bloomed again.

Joining Chor Leoni to tell this compelling story are the renowned Borealis String Quartet, noted Canadian tenor Lawrence Wiliford, soprano Arwen Myers, and percussionists Martin Fisk and Robin Reid.

Commissioned and premiered by Chor Leoni, When There Is Peace marks the first work for the choir by Zachary Wadsworth. Premiered on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I, When There Is Peace was recorded live at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church and broadcast across Canada by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Remembrance Day, 2018.

Zachary Wadsworth
"When There Is Peace" on CBC Music

CBC Music has made a recording of Zachary’s When There Is Peace available on their website. This premiere performance includes Chor Leoni (directed by Erick Lichte), the Borealis String Quartet, soprano Arwen Myers, tenor Lawrence Wiliford, and percussionists Martin Fisk and Robin Reid. Click here to listen to the piece, and click here for a program book with the piece’s libretto by Peter Rothstein and Erick Lichte.

Zachary Wadsworth
New album: FRESH

The Chronos Vocal Ensemble, led by Jordan Van Biert, have just released FRESH, an album of new choral music by Canadian composers. The album includes Zachary's Three Lacquer Prints, along with music by Andrew Balfour, Nicholas Ryan Kelly, Matthew Emery, David Archer, Guillaume Boulay, Tawnie Olson, Peter-Anthony Togni, Alex Eddington, Kathleen Allan, Stuart Beatch, and Jocelyn Morlock.

Click here for more information, or to order.

Zachary Wadsworth