Sea to Sea, the NBYO's Canada 150 song to be released
The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO) has something extra special to
celebrate this December with the release on iTunes of “Sea to Sea”, the song it commissioned by
OSCAR®-winning Canadian composer Howard Shore.
“Howard Shore is one of the most celebrated composers in the world,” says Ken MacLeod, CEO of the
NBYO. “We are thrilled that he created this special celebration music for the talented young musicians
of the NBYO. Written for orchestra, soloist and choir, the music and lyrics celebrate our Canadian
landscape and diverse culture. We are excited to share it with audiences around the world.”
Shore’s music is heard in dozens of top Hollywood films including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Gangs of
New York, Silence of the Lambs and the recent Academy Award-winner Spotlight. It is unprecedented for
a Canadian youth orchestra to work directly with a living composer of this calibre.
“Sea to Sea” premiered in Moncton on Canada Day weekend and featured internationally renowned
soprano Measha Brueggergosman along with a 120-voice choir. The outdoor event, which took place
along the shores of the scenic Petitcodiac River, attracted more than 7,500 people, the largest audience
ever for an NBYO performance.
In continuing its Canada 150 celebrations, the NBYO performed ‘Sea to Sea’ during its eastern Canadian
tour this summer, receiving standing ovations at Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts in St.
Andrews, NB, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and at the prestigious Maison symphonique de
During the 2017-2018 concert season, ‘Sea to Sea’ is being performed in communities across New
Brunswick, including Woodstock, Caraquet, Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton. In total, the NBYO
performances of “Sea to Sea” will engage more than 500 local musicians and singers and more than
20,000 audience members.
The recording ‘Sea to Sea’ will be the orchestra’s sixth release, produced by Atlantic Canadian classical
label Leaf Music and distributed by Naxos of Canada.