“Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval” (The Laval’s Boys’ Choir) continues a long tradition of the Manecanteries. Founded in 1981, the choir celebrated its 25th birthday in 2006. From a few boys the group grew to 100 members today from ages 8-18.
“Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval” (The Laval’s Boys’ Choir) participates in a wide variety of concerts, shows, recordings and events every year. They have sung with their sister choir Les Voix Boréales (Borealis Voices) many times with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the direction of famous conductors such as Eliahu Inbal, Michel Plasson and Kent Nagano, in prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, The National Art Center in Ottawa, The Lanaudière Festival and La Place des Arts in Montreal. The choir participated in many shows with famous Quebecois artists such as Celine Dion, Jean-Pierre Ferland and Gregory Charles, just to name a few.
As an ambassador of the City of Laval, “Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval” (The Laval’s Boys’ Choir) participates in several musical tours. The choir has sung throughout the province of Quebec, Canada and Europe (France, Belgium, Switzerland, England), but also Japan, Hong Kong and China, with great success each time. In the spring of 2005, under the direction of Philippe Ostiguy, the choir represented Canada at the Universal Exposition in Aichi (Japan). In April 2009, the choir will travel to Spain for a series of concerts. “Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval” (The Laval’s Boys’ Choir) offers a repertoire containing, sacred chants, polyphonic music from the Renaissance, folk music, Spirituals, French and English pop music, music from around the world and the Great Classics. The choir doesn’t hesitate to integrate creative choreography within its musical performances.
“Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval” (The Laval’s Boys’ Choir) won a gold medal at the worldwide championship of Choral Chant at the Mondial Choral in Laval in 2007. In the spring of 2007, they recorded a CD with the Best of “Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval”(The Laval’s Boys’ Choir). In collaboration with their sister choir Les Voix Boréales (Borealis Voices) they have just produced another album for Christmas 2008.
Very few boy choirs have resisted the test of time in Quebec. The young choristers of this Laval choir can be proud of being a member of this unique organisation where they can, not only develop their choral chant talent, but also experience solidarity, surpassing their goals and the pleasure of singing together.
Since July 2005, the musical and artistic direction has been lead by Philippe Ostiguy.