In Memoriam: Peter Longworth

Pianist and teach Peter Longworth has died at the early age of 54. Peter graced the WMCT stage five times, beginning with the Duke Piano Trio in the 102nd season, and most recently in 2016 during the 119th season, with James Sommerville, horn, and Scott St. John, violin. For a complete list, see the Feuerriegels’ Concert History.

John Terauds and Norman Lebrecht have written heartfelt tributes to his contributions to Toronto musical life.

Further appreciations by colleagues,

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In Memoriam : John D. McNeil

John McNeil died on February 26, 2018.  He was an Honorary Advisor to both the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto and the Foundation, as well as a member of the Investment Committee, since its inception some 18 years ago.

John was the husband of Esther McNeil, founding chair of the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Foundation, and former two-time President of the WMCT.  John advised Esther when she created the Foundation 18 years ago, and was a vital partner in ensuring its successful launch and continuing growth.

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Volunteers honoured at the AGM Sept. 28

The WMCT had the best Annual Meeting in town!

Half an hour of positive reports from the treasurer and president, then a mini-recital by Scholarship and Fellowship winners, a free lunch, and a floral “Thank you” to volunteers who plan and staff Music in the Afternoon, serve on awards, finance, and fundraising, committees, and document the history of the WMCT. For more photos, taken at the Women’s Art Association, see the WMCT Facebook page.

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William Macrae – arts devotee

Noted Toronto ophthalmologist Dr. William (Bill) Grant Macrae has died in Collingwood. He and his wife Mandy were great friends and supporters of the WMCT and arts organizations in Toronto.   Mandy, a devoted volunteer, served as president of the WMCT for a three-year term beginning in 1998.

Read The Globe story 

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Updated History

Fred and Hanna Feuerriegel have further revised the History of Concerts and Performers of the WMCT to include the 2016-2017 season, with clearer treatment of composers’ song cycles and collections.

Click here for a PDF version of this book

This indexed list of concerts, performers, and repertoires of WMCT concerts, has a table of contents and indexes hyperlinked to the listings – just click on the page number.   A look through the performer index confirms the WMCT’s reputation for bringing to Toronto audiences outstanding Canadian and international artists at the beginning of their careers.

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Obituary: Marina Geringas

Teacher of elite pianists played last concert for Music in the Afternoon in 1982.

Marina Geringas, much-loved teacher and performer died at her home in Toronto on June 20 at the age of 77.  Russian-born, she lived through the Second World War in the Soviet Union and immigrated to Canada in 1975. In addition to performing, she became a leading teacher at both the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto.

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James Ehnes turns 40





James Ehnes turned 40 on Wednesday, January 27. He was born on Mozart’s birthday, although 220 years later, and, like Mozart, Ehnes displayed considerable musical ability from an early age. On the occasion of his 40th the CBC was able to persuade him to participate in building a “40 photos for 40 years” slide show which is available here:


See CBC Newsletter for more photos and info.

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“Justly proud…”

“Justly proud…”
And indeed we are.

theWholenote managing editor Paul Ennis notes in the current issue that the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto was “justly proud” when Charles Richard-Hamelin won silver in the prestigious 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw last week. And even more than overly proud that the piano sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58. performance that won him the Krystian Zimerman Prize for best performance of a sonata is the very sonata that won him first prize in the WMCT’s Career Development Award competition last April.

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Music Lover James Stewart Dies

Music Lover James Stewart Dies

The WMCT was truly saddened to hear of the passing of Professor James Stewart, an avid lover of classical music and generous donor. We were indeed fortunate to have our fundraiser at his home, Integral House, last May. It was a very unusual and spectacular venue, and a wonderful concert in support of a significant event in the history of the club – the 10th presentation of the Career Development Award in 2015. Our sincere condolences to James Stewart’s family and friends.

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