Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral Choir is recognized as one of the finest of its kind in Canada, having placed first in the church choir category of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Amateur Choral Competition 4 consecutive times in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2006. (new rules did not permit them to compete in 2004). In 2006 this choir also won the prize for best performance of a Canadian Choral work.
Consisting of 35 skilled amateurs, this choir has a remarkably large and varied repertoire. The main function of the choir is to celebrate the Sunday morning Eucharist through hymns, psalms, motets, along with choral and congregational mass settings. In addition, the women’s and men’s scholae alternately sing the office of Compline every Sunday evening.
Every July, in the context of Sunday morning liturgies, the choir also presents complete major choral works by such composers as Bach, Byrd, Halley, Kodaly, Palestrina, Part and Vierne. The Cathedral Choir is also called on to sing for worship events associated with its Diocese, such as confirmations and the liturgy for the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster.
They also play a major role in the larger choral community of Vancouver by presenting their own concerts or joining with other choirs for such works as Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia, Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (presented in its entirety for the first time in Vancouver by Chor Leoni, Elektra and the Cathedral Choir). In 2010, celebrating the city of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary, Vancouver Children’s Choirs’s 25th and Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir’s 5th anniversary – a newly commissioned work by Paul Halley was composed for the 3 choirs, presented in a concert called “Halleluya!” (dedicated to the Cathedral Choir, Vancouver Good Noise Gospel Choir and the Vancouver Children’s Choir).
The variety of music from Rock Masses to Rachmaninov, Gospel to Gregorian, Lang to Langlais, or Howells to Halley reveals the true nature of this community – eclectic and inclusive.
The Cathedral Choir has also produced 4 fine CD’s – The Service of Compline, Celebrate, a Christmas CD called Angels from Heaven Came and Earth, Teach Me a CD of compositions by Rupert Lang.
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The Cathedral Organ
The organ was carefully designed and custom built by Kenneth Jones and Associates in 2003, in their factory in the tiny town of Bray, Ireland, 40 kilometres south of Dublin. The central case, pedal towers and a beautiful console were constructed of European oak, and many of the wooden trackers and other moving parts came from factories in Germany. 1,700 of the 2,500 pipes were salvaged from the previous Cathedral Organ, (Casavant Frères, built in 1949), and live on in the present instrument.
The installation began with the arrival of the organ components in Vancouver over a 10 day span in April of 2004. The instrument was installed on the custom built organ gallery during the late spring with final voicing completed by October 18th, 2004. The organ was first played in worship on June 17th, 2004 and was dedicated to the glory of God by Archbishop David Somerville on November 13, 2005.