ST. CHRISTOPHER SINGERS
The St Christopher Singers are responsible for singing the weekly Anglican Service of Choral Evensong here in Christ Church Cathedral. Under the direction of Madeleine Humer and Michael Gormley, the Singers have become accomplished performers of the unique music written for this contemplative evening service.
Throughout the year, the St Christopher Singers explore the rich heritage of works written from the Tudor period through to the present day, including canticles and anthems by Orlando Gibbons, William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Robert Parsons, Christopher Tye, Adrian Batten, Michael Wise, William Boyce, John Stainer, Thomas Attwood Walmisley, Henry Smart, Charles Villiers Stanford, Herbert Sumsion, Herbert Howells and Kenneth Leighton
Every January the St Christopher Singers helps the Cathedral celebrate the Epiphany season presenting the popular Service of Epiphany Readings and Music.
In 2006, the St Christopher Singers performed with Fretwork, one of the world's premier period instrument ensembles, as part of the Early Music Society of the Islands concert series (Renaissance Music from the Chapel Royal). In 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2016, Fretwork has returned to the Cathedral and accompanied the St Christopher Singers at special Choral Evensong Services.
You are invited to listen to the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis from William Byrd’s ‘The Great Service’ which was recorded at Fretwork’s last visit on November 17, 2013:
Magnificat from ‘The Great Service’ by William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
Nunc Dimittis from ‘The Great Service’ by William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
Each year the St Christopher Singers performs a special Evensong of baroque music with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra as part of the Pacific Baroque Festival. This Service traditionally attracts over 700 persons.
“Joining St.Christopher’s was one of the most important parts of my musical education here in Victoria and many of the exciting and memorable opportunities I have had here were direct results of being a member of the group. My experiences with this choir have also given me a head start for the future.” Rebecca Genge, University of Toronto
Visit the Choral Evensong page (which includes lists of Evensong Music).
Listen to St Christopher Singers singing William Byrd's "Ne Irascaris Domine" at Office of Tenebrae, March 22 2016.