About Rideau Chorale
Rideau Chorale was founded in 2015. The vision of the choir, in addition to promoting and presenting beautiful pieces of music to the community, is to provide mentorship and opportunities for choristers to develop their musical talents such as sight-reading and vocal performance, from beginner to advanced levels. The choir attracts men and women of all ages with a variety of musical backgrounds. We present our concerts at Southminster as well as other venues. Once known as the Ottawa Folklore Centre 'Tuesday' choir, Rideau Chorale has performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Fauré's Requiem, Handel's Four Coronation Anthems and Vivaldi's Gloria, among other amazing works.
Roland Graham, Conductor
A musician with an array of artistic talents, Roland Graham is an accomplished pianist, conductor, composer and impresario. He is the Director of Music at Southminster United Church, as well as the founder and Artistic Director of both the Doors Open for Music at Southminster and Concerts by the Canal series, as well as the Master Piano Recital Series. Roland has conducted the Rideau Chorale since its formation in 2015. He began his choral training as a boy chorister at St. Pauls' Cathedral in London, Ontario, and subsequently enjoyed formative experiences with the St. Matthew's Choir of Men and Boys, the Ontario Youth Choir, the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa, and various other ensembles in the National Capital Region. Roland holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Ottawa where he studied piano performance with Jean Desmarais, and a master's degree from the Université de Montréal where he studied piano interpretation with Jimmy Bière and Marc Durand.
Carson Becke, Accompanist
Canadian Pianist Carson Becke has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician around the world. He is also the co-director of Pontiac Enchanté, a concert series in Luskville, Quebec.
After moving to the United Kingdom in 2005 to study at the Purcell School, Carson completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he worked with Tatiana Sarkissova. Following studies in London, he completed his master’s degree (M.Phil.) in performance and musicology at the University of Oxford, made possible by the generous support of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation of Canada. Through his master’s degree, He studied the piano privately with Hinrich Alpers in Berlin with the support of the University of Oxford’s Conway Scholarship program.
Currently, Carson is reading for his doctorate (D.Phil.) in music at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Carson’s doctoral studies are generously supported by the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund. His research concerns the role of the piano in the life and work of Richard Strauss. Alongside his research on Strauss, he is working on a multi album project to record Strauss’s early piano, chamber, and vocal music. Carson is also on staff at the Purcell School of Music, where he teaches musicianship.
Executive Board (2020-21)
Robin Allison, Treasurer
Gregory Lopinski, Secretary
Liz Tromp, Chair