31 Oct 2010, Posted by Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver
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 CBC’s biennial Amateur Choral Competition 3 consecutive times in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2006. In the 2006, the choir also won a competition-wide award for the Best Performance Of a Canadian Work with their interpretation of Jonathan Quick’s Angels from Heaven Came.
The choir has a remarkably large and varied repertoire. The main function of the Cathedral choir is to celebrate the Sunday Eucharist through hymns, psalms, motets, and both choral and congregational mass settings. A unique aspect of the choir is that from time to time it presents major choral works of such composers as Bach, Byrd, Duruflé, Kodaly, Palestrina and Pärt in the context of Cathedral liturgies. In addition, the choir sings the evening office of Compline every Sunday between January and November and is host choir for worship events associated with the Diocese of New Westminster.
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir also plays a major role in the larger choral community of Vancouver by joining with other choirs for such works as Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand, Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia and in Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, op.37 presented in its entirety for the first time in Vancouver by Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, Elektra and the Christ Church Cathedral choir in 1999. The choir has also presented an annual concert for the past several years.
In 2010, the choir performed a fundraising concert in Penticton, BC for Habitat of Humanity South Okanagan. In 2006, the choir toured colonial Mexico, performing in San Miguel de Allende, Queretero, and Guanajuato to great acclaim.
The Cathedral Choir has recorded three CDs:
- Gregorian Chant: The Service of Compline
- Earth Teach Me (a collection of works composed by the choir’s director, Rupert Lang)