The Chœur Fernand-Lindsay (formerly the Lanaudière Festival Chorus) goes back to the early days of the Festival de Lanaudière, in 1986. In founding this choir, Father Lindsay wanted to give choristers of the region, of which many were already singing in at least one other choir as well, the opportunity to play an active role in the Festival. Furthermore, he also wanted to surprise concertgoers with something new.
Since its beginnings in 1986, the Chœur Fernand-Lindsay has sung under leading conductors like Jacques Lacombe, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Eliahu Inbal, Charles Dutoit, Joseph Rescigno, Semyon Vekhstein, Iwan Edwards, Pierre Simard, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Yoav Talmi.
The Chœur has sung in Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Haydn’s Seasons, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Franz von Suppé’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand and the Messa per Rossini (a composite work by thirteen composers under the aegis of Verdi) as well as programs of operatic excerpts by Wagner, Verdi and Bellini. In 2010 they took part in Jacques Hétu’s Symphony No. 5 (Liberté), which had been performed just once before.
Since 2011, the Choeur Fernand-Lindsay (http://www.choeurfernand-lindsay.com) has been at the heart of the “Tous en Choeur” project, whose mission is to promote choral music for non-professional singers.