Midi Files for the Toronto Classical Singers 2019 -2020

This website is provided and maintained by me, Sheila Crossey. Please feel free to come and chat with me at rehearsals about any of this – you'll find me in the second alto section. Or you can send me email via the TCS website - go to the members page, send mail to the members address, and it will get automatically forwarded to me.

This is a resource for TCS members who like, or think they might like, to learn music by singing with their computers. The way it works is that you sing looking at your usual hardcopy score, with your computer acting as a very obedient accompanist responding to your whims and instructions. To get the full benefit, you need two things: a midi file for the particular piece of music you are rehearsing, and the right sort of software midi player to play it.

Midi files are a synthetic digital form of the music and are available free on the internet for a wide variety of choral classical music. See below for links to the music we're performing in the 2019 -2020 season. If you simply click (left-click) on a link to a midi file, your browser will launch a streaming media player, and you will hear the music. The player will display a few buttons giving you only minimal control over the playback of the music (pause, fast forward, rewind, etc.).

With some extra effort, you can gain more control over the playback: e.g. adjust the volume of each part independently, change the speed (without affecting the pitch), and select which bar to start on. To do this, you will need to install a more fully-featured midi player and download (right-click) the midi files to your hard drive so that you can open them in the midi player. Luckily, a number of excellent midi players with the right features for rehearsing are available for free – my favourite is Melody Assistant. To learn how to install and use it, read Midi hints. Note that once you've installed such a midi player, to use it you'll have to download the midi file (right-click) and save it to your local hard drive first, and then launch your midi player (e.g. Melody Assistant) and open the file. How to do this is explained in Midi hints.

Past Seasons

You can see the midi websites from previous TCS seasons at Past Seasons. Note that some of the links to the midi music don't work anymore. Regardless, you can enjoy a stroll down memory lane revelling in our glorious past.

Not Quite One-Stop-Shopping!

This year, everything we're doing, except for the Schubert songs, is available at John's Midi File Choral Music Site. Click on the link to the Major Works and Anthems composer list to find the midis, usually with full orchestral accompaniment. I've also provided links to each piece below.

I couldn't find midis for the Schubert songs anywhere on the web. When we previously did them (2005), I prepared midi files for Great is the Lord and for Ständchen, and have included pointers to them below.

2019 - 2020 Season

December 8, 2019 concert

Handel: Messiah

John's Midi File Choral Music Site - Messiah  Voices with orchestra.

March 1, 2020 concert

Schubert: Mass No.4 in C major

John's Midi File Choral Music Site - Mass No 4 in C Major Voices with orchestra.

Schubert: Great is the Lord

midi  prepared by me – solo and chorus, some piano and organ, but just at the start

Schubert: Ständchen – Zögernd leise

midi  prepared by me – solo and chorus, piano introduction

May 3, 2020 concert

Vaughan Williams: Sea Symphony

John's Midi File Choral Music Site - Sea Symphony  Voices with orchestral.

Vaughan Williams: Mystical Songs

John's Midi File Choral Music Site - Five Mystical Songs  Voices with orchestra.