London Pro Musica is a vibrant mixed-voice choir organized and run by its members. LPM performs an extensive range of classical music–from the medieval to the contemporary–both for accompanied and unaccompanied voices. From its inception, LPM has actively supported Canadian composers/musicians and has sought to foster an interest in Canadian choral music. The choir also has a repertoire of popular music, including jazz and folk renditions, and selections from musical theatre. LPM remains the oldest unaffiliated concert choir in London with a current membership of approximately fifty singers.
LPM offers an annual subscription series of three concerts, and it typically accepts 3-4 contracted engagements per year. In addition, the choir performs regularly with London Symphonia, a collaborative relationship that dates back more than thirty years. LPM actively pursues a cultural service role through benefit and outreach performances for local community organizations. LPM has also appeared as guest artists with other ensembles throughout southwest and central Ontario and has participated in several world première performances.
Since 2000, one of LPM’s priorities has been to showcase the exciting range of artistic possibilities available locally through collaboration with other music organizations. In our 2012-2013 season, LPM performed with Orchestra London, Toronto-based Madawaska String Quartet, El Sistema Aeolian, Stephen Holowitz and jazz vocalist Denise Pelley.
Grace Yip is an experienced choral pianist in London. She is currently working as a staff pianist for St Mary Choir and Orchestra School and Catholic Central High School. In addition to working with London Pro Musica, Grace is also the rehearsal pianist for the London Singers and the H. B. Beal High School Singers, and has worked with many groups including: the Canadian Celtic Choir, UWO Opera Workshop, the Karen Schuessler Singers, Amabile Girls Choir, Schola Sancti Pauli, Woodstock Strings, Scarborough Philharmonic, Laurie-Ann’s School of Dance, and Forest City School of Dance.
Grace earned her B.Mus in piano performance from the University of Saskatchewan and a M.Mus in collaborative piano from the University of Western Ontario. Her teachers have included Robin Harrison, Kathleen Solose and Ron Turini, as well as Andre Laplante in masterclasses at the Orford Arts Centre as a scholarship student.
Grace’s other musical endeavours include coordinating The Contemporary Showcase music festival for London Centre and directing her church choir at the Anglican Church of the Transfiguration, teaching and accompanying in the community.