Toronto publishing company formed in 1969 by Andrew Twa with the
acquisition of the music-publishing division of BMI Canada (PRO
Canada). Ralph Cruickshank
(who joined BMI Canada in 1966 and became head of its publishing
division in 1969) served as vice-president of Berandol until he and his
sister, Mary Plumley, purchased the company and succeeded Twa as
president in 1972. Berandol continued and expanded BMI Canada's
publishing program. It has maintained a large catalogue of concert music and a rental library
of orchestral material by François Morel, Istvan Anhalt, Jean
Papineau-Couture, R. Murray Schafer, Harry Somers, Robert Turner,
Gilles Tremblay, Healey Willan, and others. The education catalogue
includes recorder music by Mario Duschenes and Hugh Orr, and books and multi-media performance materials by Schafer.
In the 1980s Berandol developed a Canadian school music program written by Elaine Mason and Marilyn Hardie called Music Builders and a French language program by the same authors with Suzanne Pinel called Musique s'il vous plaît.
Both programmes are used extensively by elementary schools with
kindergarten to grade six classes across Canada, and feature Canadian
composers and artists.
pop music catalogue was taken over by Broadland Music in 1972; a second
pop catalogue was developed in subsequent years. In addition, Berandol
has created MUSlcache, a collection of the standard repertoire on
microfiche produced by Bell and Howell.
Records, established 1975, have released LPs by the pianist-organist
Harold Clayton, the Toronto Baroque Trio, the Toronto-Consort, and, in
the pop field, the pianist Rob Liddell. A second label, Bear'n Doll,
was introduced in 1978 with the first of several LPs by the singer Sandy Offenheim.
Sandy`s music initiated the rush into children`s pop music,
followed by Sharon, Lois and Bram. Her works for children remain
popular today as new generations of children discover
Sandy. Other Berandol timeless CDs include Canada`s Favourite Folksongs for Kids and the Canadian national anthem, O Canada.
has acted as agent for Hargail Music Press and Jaymar Music and for
some years also represented Universal Edition. Many of Berandol's
publications are printed by the W.R. Draper Co., but a number of
shorter run publications are printed by Jal Holdings Ltd. Plate numbers
are not used. Berandol also operates Cee and Cee Music and Plumtree
Music. The name Clark & Cruickshank also appears on the imprint of
some early Berandol publications.
Berandol's educational publications include the innovative works by David Walden,
The 'Goat with the Bright Red Sox' (co-authored by Lois Birkenshaw),
'Understanding the Language of Music' and 'Music Theory for the Bored
The Educational Catalogue and Concert Works are now distributed in Canada and internationally by Leslie Music Supply Inc.
of Oakville, Ontario and its website lists many of these works. The
catalogue includes a number of recordings of Canadian works for young
people. The Rental Library is operated by Graham Coles of Kitchener,
Ontario where he is Conductor of the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber
Orchestra. Graham is also a composer and a former member of the
Berandol organization. A comprehensive catalogue of concert works is
distributed by Graham Coles.
itself distributes Music Builders and Musique s'il vous plaît and
arranges teacher assistance seminars to explain the effective use of
these materials. The company has been operated by Mary Plumley since
the death of her brother Ralph Cruickshank. Sandy Offenheim remains
active in the distribution of her works as do Marilyn Hardie, Elaine
Mason and David Walden for their respective works.
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