Winnipeg Music Competition Festival

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Winnipeg Music Competition Festival

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The Winnipeg Music Competition Festival was known as the Men's Music Club until 1988. The Club was founded by a group of 40 businessmen in December 1915 for the purpose of promoting the art of music. Recitals were held initially every Saturday evening at the Royal Alexander Hotel. Within the first couple of years membership figures averaged around 120, of which approximately thirty per cent were professional musicians. In 1916 the Club organized a Male Voice Quartet which eventually became the famous Winnipeg Male Voice Choir under the leadership of Hugh Ross. In 1919 the Manitoba Musical Competition Festival was organized followed by the Boys Choir under the conductorship of Miss Ethel Kinley in 1925. The Philharmonic Choir was formed independently in 1922 under the leadership of the Club conductor, Hugh Ross. The Philharmonic Choir was taken over by the Club as one of its sections. In 1946 the Civic Music League was formed by the Club and, through it, the formation of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In 1987 the Men's Music Club became known as the Winnipeg Music Competition Festival, Inc. following increased involvement from the Women's Committee. The group disbanded the following year.


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Entered into AtoM in 2017.




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