Christ Church Cathedral celebrates music’s patron saint with an all-day open house featuring an array of Victoria performers filling the air with music on Nov. 22.
The day will appeal to all lovers of music.
The uplifting cathedral bells herald the start of the St. Cecilia Day open house at 9:30 a.m.. Under the vaulted roof indoors, choral music opens and closes the day.
Music director Michael Gormley leads the Cathedral Choir in an open rehearsal, giving a rare “backstage view” of preparations for the Cathedral’s much anticipated Advent Carol service. St. Christopher Singers choral evensong brings St. Cecilia’s Day to an inspirational conclusion.
Audiences will be entertained throughout the day by organ and piano solos (including Erik Lin who featured in last August’s Symphony Splash!), and ensembles ranging from medieval/renaissance wind band, barbershop quartet, accordions, acoustic guitar and voice, and even an English country dance band.
As a bonus, Christ Church Cathedral’s famous Christmas Bazaar runs from 12 – 3.
Admission is by donation.
The entertainment lineup includes:
9:30 to 10 a.m. – Cathedral Bell Ringers
10 a.m. to noon – Cathedral Choir open rehearsal for Advent Carol Service
Noon to 12:30 p.m. – Robert Dukarm on the Wolff Organ
12:30 to 1 p.m. – Erik Lin and Jamie Yang, piano
1 to 1:30 p.m. – A Great Noyse – Medieval/Renaissance Wind Band
1:30 to 2 p.m. – Victoria Accordion Club Band
2 to 2:30 p.m. – Trounce Alley Quartet – Barbershop Harmony Society
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Heather De Rome, guitar and Julia Hensley, singer/songwriter
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – The Odd Hack Band, English country dance
4:30 to 5:15 p.m. – Choral Evensong with St. Christopher Singers