31 Oct 2010, Posted by Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver
Rupert Lang took his first degree (B.Mus. Honours in performance) at the University of Manitoba. He went on to England where he studied at The Royal School of Church Music, receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Certificate in Church Music and a diplomas from The Royal College of Music and Royal College of Organists. Lang completed his studies in England at the University of Cambridge, St. John’s College, receiving an MA (Music) studying with George Guest, Gillian Weir and John Scott.
After returning to Canada, Lang became Director of Music at West Vancouver United Church, where he founded the Vancouver Children’s Choir. He has been Organist and Director of Music at Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral since 1986. Under his direction, the Cathedral choir won the Church Choir Category as well as a prestigious competition-wide award for the Best Performance of a Canadian Work in the 2006 CBC Radio National Competition for Amateur Choirs. The choir had previously won the competition in 2002, 2000, and 1998.
As composer, Lang has written innovative music such as Spirit of the Child and Cantate Domino and more extended works like Magnificat for soprano soloist and men’s choir which was commissioned and recorded by Chor Leoni Men’s Choir. His compositions are often premiered by Christ Church Cathedral Choir and The Vancouver Children’s Choir, but other commissions have come from Central Bucks West High School (Pennsylvania), Vancouver Cantata Singers, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, The Calgary Girl’s Choir, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Men’s Chorus, Elektra Women’s Chorus and The World of Children’s Choirs 2001 Symposium.
Many of his works are published by Boosey & Hawkes (New York) including:
- Agneau de Dieu
- Can You Imagine?
- Like a Child
- Cantate Domino
- How Like an Angel
- Mass For Many Nations
- Spirit of the Child
- Ubi Caritas
- Earth Teach Me
Through conducting, playing and composing, Lang continues to be committed to ministry through music in the church and to the teaching of children.