In the Night We Shall Go In

sing the north logo circle 1Join SING THE NORTH to sing IN THE NIGHT WE SHALL GO IN by Canadian-Latvian composer, Imant Raminsh.

This project is sung by STN – our founding SING THE NORTH choir.

In the Night We Shall Go In is a beautiful piece for SSAATBB chorus and string ensemble to a poem by Pablo Neruda.

We are thrilled to announce that Sing the North will be joined by a special group of players – all members of Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra – who will form the string ensemble for this project.

Our string ensemble will feature violinists Cristina Zacharias and Julia Wedman, violist Patrick Jordan, and double bassist Pippa Macmillan. The cello solo will be performed by superstar cellist, Keiran Campbell.

Singers on our project will take weekly full-choir rehearsals and sectionals (all rehearsals recorded to watch at your leisure).

The project will also feature a live interview with Imant Raminsh, a live chat with violinist Julia Wedman and our solo cellist Keiran Campbell, plus a Field Trip on the STN Virtual Tour Bus to the Okanagan, land of lakes and sunshine, and one of Canada’s main wine producing regions.

All are welcome to join us to sing this beautiful and powerful setting of one of Pablo Neruda‘s most hopeful and uplifting poems.

Follow the link below to choose your price and join us this individual project.

Registration includes your score, practice files, access to all live sessions, the rehearsal video archive, conducting videos, technical support – and more!

Click to view our Project Timetable (subject to change)

In the Night We Shall Go In

In the Night We Shall Go In is a beautiful piece for SSAATBB chorus and string ensemble by Canadian composer Imant Raminsh, a setting of a very touching poem by Pablo Neruda.

Timed during the SING THE NORTH calendar so that our project takes place just as winter’s grip begins to lift in many Northern regions, our project on Raminsh’s beautiful hymn to the coming of spring reminds us that, even during the darkest times, beauty lies dormant.

We must simply wait, and then take the steps to steal away over the wall to witness beauty's emergence.

Join Sing the North to perform this hugely evocative and touching composition.


In the night we shall go in,
we shall go in to steal
a flowering, flowering branch.

We shall climb over the wall
in the darkness of the alien garden,
two shadows in the shadow.

Winter is not yet gone,
and the apple tree appears
suddenly changed into
a fragment of cascade stars.

In the night we shall go in
up to its trembling firmament,
and your hands, your little hands
and mine will steal the stars.

And silently to our house
in the night and the shadow,
perfume’s silent step,
and with starry feet,
the clear body of spring.

-Pablo Neruda

Meet Imant Raminsh

Born in 1943 in Ventspils, Latvia, Imant Raminsh came to Canada in 1948. After completing an ARCT diploma in violin at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music programme at the University of Toronto, he spent two years at the Akademie Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, studying composition, fugue, violin and conducting, and playing in the professional Camerata Academica orchestra.

Raminsh is the founding conductor of the Prince George Symphony, the Youth Symphony of the Okanagan, NOVA Children's Choir, and AURA Chamber Choir. His compositions have been performed on six continents by such ensembles as the Vancouver, Edmonton, Hamilton, Toronto, Okanagan, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick Symphonies, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Choir, the Tokyo Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Stockholm Chamber Choir, the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Ave Sol (Latvian Chamber Choir), and many others.

His music has been heard in such world-renowned halls as Carnegie Hall (New York), Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow), the Orpheum (Vancouver), Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Notre Dame (Paris) and Santa Maria del'Fiore (Florence).

“Imant Raminsh's music emerges from a sense of urgent necessity, a sense of having 'something to say... that will cause you spiritual pain not to say it' (Anacrusis, Winter 1990).

The strongly melodic nature of his compositions he attributes to a lifelong interest in vocal and choral music and suggests that the ultimate source may be the pervasive song heritage of his Latvian culture.

Imant Raminsh is unconcerned that his music is viewed as harmonically and rhythmically conservative: 'I have a limited time to compose... and I'm more comfortable saying the things I have to say in a language I already know. I don't have to be original for the sake of being original. That's my very sincere approach' (ibid).” - Source Canadian Encyclopedia


Virtual Field Trip

Travel to the Okanagan Wine Growing Region

Every SING THE NORTH project features a trip in our virtual choir tour bus, a special session when we travel together as a choir to a different part of Canada to meet the people who live and work there.

Located in southern British Columbia, Canada - the Okanagan Valley is one of the warmest regions in all of Canada.

Known for skiing in the winter and watersports in the summer, the area's quaint towns and lush vineyards are connected by a network of clear blue lakes and rivers and surrounded by rolling, sun-dappled hills.

With an indigenous history stretching back millenia, the Okanagan is home to a number of First Nations and is a thriving agricultural region lined with endless fields of fruit trees, grape vines, and warm nights. If you are lucky, you may even see the elusive Ogopogo rising from the surface of Okanagan Lake.

Join Sing the North to sing Imant Raminsh’s beautiful piece about stealing into an orchard at night to see beauty emerge...and then be spirited off yourself to a virtual tour of this very special region aboard the STN Virtual Choir Tour Bus!

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