NOEL EDISON (b 1958 )
Noel Edison is a versatile and charismatic conductor. As artistic director and conductor of the Canadian ensembles, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Elora Singers, Edison is widely recognised for his skilful interpretive work with both choir and orchestra.
A native of Toronto, Edison moved to the scenic village of Elora where he co-founded the Elora Festival in 1979 and, a year later, the Elora Singers as its choir-in-residence. Since 1984 Edison has served as artistic director of the Elora Festival as well as organist and choirmaster at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Elora. In 2009 he was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour, and in 2012 he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.
Edison records regularly for Naxos and his extensive discography includes works by Arvo Pärt [8.557299], Francis Poulenc [8.572978] and Healey Willan [8.557734], the Berlioz Requiem [8.554494–95], the JUNO-nominated I Saw Eternity [8.572812] and Mystery of Christmas [8.554179] and the GRAMMY®-nominated Eric Whitacre: Choral Music [8.559677].