Friday, March 2, 2018

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir conductor Noel Edison placed on leave following allegations of sexual misconduct

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Noel Edison, the long-time conductor and artistic director of both the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Elora Festival Singers, was abruptly put on “personal leave” by both organizations following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

In a joint letter posted on the Mendelssohn Choir website on Thursday, senior officials of both organizations expressed “feelings of shock and sadness” and assured its audience that a third-party investigation into the allegations had already begun. It was co-signed by the Choir’s Board Chair Maureen Palmer, its executive director Cynthia Hawkins, and Elora Singers Director John Spearn.

Palmer, when reached by the Star, declined to comment further.

The allegations, brought by multiple male accusers, are said to have occurred over a number of years. They have not been proven in court.

According to the classical music blog Ludwig van Toronto, which broke the story, Edison had been accused of sexual misconduct several years ago, but no action was taken against him at the time.  (more...)

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