Bells of Baddeck's 'Mabel' nominated for ECMA award
Allison Angelo's debut album nominated for "Classical Recording of the Year"
Allison Angelo, who starred as Mabel Bell in Lorna Macdonald’s production The
Bells of Baddeck for the past two summers, has been nominated for a 2017 East Coast Music Award. Accompanying pianist, Simon Docking, was also nominated. Angelo’s debut album, Moon Loves Its Light, is up against four other nominees in the Classical Recording of the Year category.
Currently based in Toronto, the Nova Scotian soprano recorded and produced the album exclusively in Nova Scotia, working with as many local artists and technicians as possible. The rising star says she is lucky to come from a province with so much homegrown talent.
“I’m thrilled to be able to say that ‘I’m thrilled to be nominated’,” jokes Angelo with the trademark lightheartedness she is known for on stage. She is quick to add, “But seriously, I truly am excited to be included on a list of such talented folks.”
Angelo has been busy over the past few years, juggling recordings and live shows with motherhood. In addition to her Bells performance, she debuted last year with the Elmer Iseler Singers as the soprano soloist in Handel’s
Messiah, performed at the St. Cecilia’s Retreat in Mahone Bay as well as the Mountain View Concert Series in Calgary. Previous engagements include performances with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Boston POPS, and being a featured artist with the Toronto, Edmonton, Victoria, Vancouver, and Kingston Symphonies.
Classical Recording of the Year isn’t the only nomination associated with the album. Angelo’s brother, Nova Scotian composer and pianist Ian Bent, also picked up a Best Classical Composition nomination for the track Old Moon.
“I sent him a list of requirements for my voice. Having grown up together, he knows my musical personality very well. I gave him ideas of what I felt would be good for my voice, and he nailed it perfectly in composing the piece,” says Angelo in praising her brother’s work.
Angelo had also asked the late Nova Scotian poet and family friend Roger Field to contribute a poem as libretto for an original song. Field was in the late stages of cancer but was grateful to work with both Ian and Allison. When the music was written, Bent played the piece on his keyboard at Field’s bedside. Though Angelo couldn’t make it home at the time, she recorded a version on her iphone from Toronto and sent it for him to hear in his final days. The siblings eventually sung the piece at his memorial.
Nominations for the 2017 East Coast Music Awards were announced on January 31 in Halifax. The industry gathering will take place this year in Saint John, New Brunswick, April 26-30. Angelo says she plans to attend the ceremony in April and is in discussion with organizers to perform at one of the showcases. Moon Loves Its
Light is available on CD Baby and through her website, www. allisonangelo.ca.
The cover of Moon Loves its Light, the debut classical album that has earned Angelo a 2017 ECMA nomination.