The Three Cantors' Story
In 1996, an Anglican Priest named Peter Townshend listened as three of his colleagues sang in a diocesan service at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Ontario. Archbishop Percy O'Driscoll had just challenged the Dicoese to find creative ways to renew the church's outreach. Peter had an idea. After the service, he asked Bill Cliff, Peter Wall and David Pickett if they, with Angus Sinclair, would give a concert for HHF/PWRDF. They could call themselves "The Three Cantors", and have a great night of fun. Peter, Angus, Bill and David laughed, then agreed, but added that no-one would come. Peter T. told them to leave that with him... then proceeded to sell over 700 tickets and filled Grace Church, Brantford to overflowing. More concerts were booked, and sold out too!
"The Three Cantors" became a sensation. In the years since, they have sold thousands of CDs, and have sung over 200 concerts from St. John's NL to Victoria, BC. They have been featured on provincial and national radio, appeared as guest artists with the Judy Maddren's "Christmas Carol" as featured musicians at her reading at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto, have been interviewed by Michael Enright, have performed at two consecutive "Sounds of the Season" shows on Ontario Today, sung with Orchestra London, and even given a concert for The Governor General of Canada.
The best part is,
in addition to the money raised by local concert sponsors for a huge variety
of causes, a portion of every concert and every penny (100%) of the CD
proceeds to to the alleviation of suffering through the work of HHF/PWRDF.
It is estimated that The Three Cantors have raised over $1.3 Million since
The Three Cantors - Since 1997!
The Three Cantors began on a dare by Canon Peter Townshend, then Rector of Grace Church, Brantford. What began with Peter's challenge and a lot of fun was soon blessed into becoming much, more more!
to Grace Church, April, 1999