About Us

Message From the President

As we embark on our third season as Musicata – Hamilton’s Voices, formerly The John Laing Singers, we have much to celebrate. It’s our privilege and passion to continue sharing choral performances with the Hamilton community. As Hamilton continues to grow, Musicata continues to focus on growing and building strong networks with local businesses, musical artists and local not-for-profit community groups. In the 2018-19 season we continue to hire local instrumentalists and sectional leads and to engage Canadian composers. Our partnership with Breath Ontario in promoting singing as a healthy lifestyle was featured in the March issue of Choirs Ontario, Dynamic Magazine.

Musicata welcomes anyone interested in finding out more about our membership and community partnership opportunities by contacting us.

Yours in Music,
Patrick O’Reilly
President

Mission & Vision

Who We Are

Musicata is a 28-voice chamber choir based in Hamilton. The group was established in 1982 as the John Laing Singers by Conductor John Laing, rebanding as Musicata for the 2016-17 season.

Since becoming Artistic Director in 2011, Roger Bergs has built on John Laing’s solid foundation of choral excellence, moving the choir in adventurous new directions. Recent seasons have featured several world-premiere performances and the introduction of delightful newer works by contemporary composers.

Our Mission

“Enrich the musical experience of individuals within our geographic area – Hamilton, Burlington and Dundas and other surrounding municipalities.” We want to bring the passion and warmth of live choral performances to a wide-ranging audience, including people who have not yet had exposure to classical and/or choral music. We also aim to enrich the local cultural scene by collaborating with up-and-coming local artists.

Brief History

During its 36 years, the choir has provided a variety of high-standard choral concerts to Hamilton and its broader community. It has represented Hamilton in tours to Montreux, Switzerland and Sarasota, Florida. In addition to three subscription concerts per season, the choir gives free performances in community-based venues such as the Hamilton Public Library, the downtown Farmers’ Market, the Carnegie Gallery (Dundas) and local seniors’ residences. We are looking at a variety of concert venues in the Hamilton downtown region for our subscription concerts.

Read more about our story here:

https://hamiltonartscouncil.ca/profiles/john-laing-singers/blog/singing-praises-business-volunteer