Revv52 aka Calgary Choral Society
Throughout its history, the Calgary Choral Society has been a collection of largely avocational performers who share a passion for music and performance. There has been a diversity of skills and ages, but a shared energy and support for each other as performers, as friends and – both genetically and metaphorically – as family.
Revv52 Rebrand (2008 – Present)
In 2008 Calgary Choral Society was rebranded as Revv52. The first show performed as Revv52 was Revvolution, performed at the Jubilee Auditorium and all covers of The Beatles and The Beach Boys.
Performances have been held each January and May since. In 2015 they added a gala performance in the fall in various locations in Calgary. In 2017, Revv52 returned to Mount Royal University in the new Bella Concert Hall. Revv52 was part of the 2017 Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show, and has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City twice, in 2016 and 2019.
Continuing to welcome other performers to join them, Revv52 has performed with Jimmy Rankin, Meaghan Smith, Steve Pineo, Kit Johnson, Doug McKeag, Jonathan Love and others.
In March 2020, after having to curtail rehearsals and performances due to COVID-19, Revv52 experimented with members rehearsing and recording both audio and video in their homes. This resulted in the production of eight virtual videos in five months including a version of O Canada performed in Cree, French and English.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR HISTORY
|John Morgan||June 2018||Present|
|Brian Farrell||June 1995||May 2018|
|James Munro||July 1986||May 1995|
|John Van den Beld||February 1975||June 1986|
|William Thorburn||April 1968||January 1975|
|Harold Ramsay||December 1952||March 1968|
|Glyndor Jones||November 1927||August 1940|
|Dr. Edward Broome||September 1926||1927|
|C.B. (Bill) Glover||September 1919||1926|
|Horace Reynolds||January 1913||1919|
|Album Name||Release Date||Format||Studio|
|20th Century Folk Mass||Jan 3, 1964||LP||London Records|
|Gospel Celebration Live||March 1998||CD||First Baptist Church performance Dec 6, 1997|
|Encore Live||January 2003||CD||Self-produced|