"'I started music lessons at age four' [David Michael] Leggett says. Trained in piano at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, a child member of Toronto's St. Simon-the-Apostle Anglican Church choir under Eric Lewis and an assistant organist at Grace Church on-the-Hill under Giles Bryant, Leggett specialized in music teaching. While on staff at Fern Avenue Public School in the Little Poland district of Toronto's west end, he founded the school choir and instrumental groups. In its augural year the choir placed first in 17 of 18 competitions". "[I]n 1970 he brought together some of his former pupils, by then in high school, in the Fern Alumni Chorus and Orchestra. In its second year, it made a well-received church tour of England, Scotland and Wales, performing in high-profile venues such as Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. The alumni chorus disbanded in 1980, but that was not to be the end of it. Leggett re-established the choir in March 2012". "Specializing in sacred music but mixing things up with Broadway show tunes and traditional ballads, the new group ('the Alumni-Alumni Chorus' as its members fondly call it) rehearses two Sunday afternoons a month at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church. Its most recent concert at St. Martin's, on Mother's Day, 2014, raised $1,000 for the Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund, a summer camp program for disadvantaged kids".
"St. Thomas', Belleville, ON. Diocese of Ontario. The goal of the Academy is to provide children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn music, due to socio-economic conditions, to work with directors and receive free quality education. Children learn at their own pace, developing independence and teamwork skills. The Academy nurtures a love for the arts and builds self-esteem and confidence. Canadian Anglicans who love music may donate to the A.E.J. Fulford Trust to continue making amazing opportunities like this happen for children in Canada". [Text of entire article].