DONALD HUNT NAMED DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
The Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, the Very Rev’d M. Ansley Tucker, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Cathedral’s new Director of Music, Mr. Donald Hunt. Donald will take up his duties effective July 17th.
“I’m delighted that we have found an energetic and talented young successor to Canon Michael Gormley, who has contributed so much to the musical life of this Cathedral and this city over the past 33 years,” the Dean said.
Donald Hunt grew up in Halifax, and received his musical education in Montréal, where he studied organ with John Grew and Jonathan Oldengarm, among others, and was Organ Scholar and Assistant to Patrick Wedd at Christ Church Cathedral. He holds a Master’s degree in Music from McGill University, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Donald has lived and worked in the UK since 2009. He was Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, and since 2012 has been Assistant Organist at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh and College Organist at Fettes College in the same city.
“I am thrilled to be returning to Canada,” says Donald, “and to be coming to Victoria, where I look forward to building on a strong tradition, and to renewing the Cathedral’s commitment to young choristers, through a new relationship with the Cathedral School.”
Donald Hunt’s appointment is the culmination of an extensive international search that took place over the past ten months. Almost sixty impressive applications were received from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. A ten-member committee of parish, diocesan and community representatives conducted exhaustive interviews and auditions before making its recommendation.
Christ Church Cathedral is known as “The City’s Cathedral” for Victoria and the Capital Regional District. It is regarded as a centre of excellence for both liturgical and concert music. The Cathedral is home to five choirs, five organs, and several active performance series by both resident and visiting artists and ensembles.
Canon Michael Gormley indicated his intention to retire last spring. He has been most generous in continuing to serve while the search process has been underway. Easter Day 2017 will be Michael’s last week of regular Sunday services. However, as was announced last year, he will become Music Director Emeritus, and will have an ongoing regular involvement in the Cathedral’s musical life. Plans for a celebration of Michael’s long tenure and permanent legacy will be announced at a later date.
Michael Jarvis, a talented Canadian keyboard artist and church musician now living in Victoria, has agreed to serve as the Cathedral’s interim Director of Music. He will work with and co-ordinate our talented and dedicated resident musicians, (including Madeleine Humer, conductor of St. Christopher Singers, and Thomas Nicholson, organ scholar and interim director of the Parish Choir) for the period from mid-April until mid-July.
NEW LIGHT ILLUMINATES CHAPEL OF NEW JERUSALEM WINDOWS!
One of the visual glories of this Cathedral is the great three-panelled stained glass window high up in the East End of the Chapel of the New Jerusalem. Installed in 1994, the New Jerusalem Window was designed and installed by Christopher Wallace. It has justifiably been called “the finest work of public art in Victoria.”
Rich in iconography and symbolism, the window is a riot of brilliant colour in its upper reaches, where the heavenly city is coming down to earth, modulating to more sombre blues and greys on the terrestrial plane below, where expectant humans await its arrival.
Some observers have also detected the shape of a Thunderbird’s outstretched wings in the design of the triptych. Christopher Wallace says he did not consciously intend this, but he quickly adds that the spirit of a place can often enter into an artist’s subconscious and influence their work in ways they do not fully understand or even realize.
The window is one of the first things that strikes the visitor’s eye upon entering the Cathedral. An especially serendipitous effect is the way it and the Rose Window on the West Front “speak” to each other’s reflections in the plain transparent glass above the chancel, almost like a pair of holograms.
Until now, all this uplifting beauty could be appreciated only by daylight. At night, the window has been a “black hole.” But now, thanks to the generosity of several past and present members of the church wardens team, who wish to remain anonymous, it has been illuminated from outside, so its soft glow can be seen during evening services, vigils and concerts. How appropriate that this “gift of light” should be unveiled during Epiphany tide!
The donors dedicate their gift to the glory of God, and in thanksgiving for the recent very generous bequest to Christ Church Cathedral from the late Lorna LeGallais. A recommendation will be brought to the upcoming Vestry meeting regarding the appropriate use(s) of the full amount of this bequest, which is anticipated to be approximately a quarter of a million dollars.
By extension, the “gift of light” also honours all past benefactors who have left legacies to the Cathedral, and all living souls who have included this House of God and its worshipping community in their estate planning. Thank you!
Photo: Ian Alexander
KATHARINE JEFFERTS SCHORI TO SPEAK AT FORUM SUNDAY ON JANUARY 29
The Forum will take place at 9.30 a.m. in the Chapter Room (breakfast at 9.15 a.m.) and will be followed by a joint service at 10.30 a.m. where the Most Rev'd Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori will preach.
David Turpin Building, Room A120, University of Victoria
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A SPECIAL NEW YEAR'S DAY TREAT - ORGAN MUSIC FOR CHRISTMASTIDE BY BACH AND OTHERS
Here 's a great way to start 2017! Brilliant young organist Emmanuel Arakélian will be playing a recital in the Cathedral on Sunday afternoon, January 1st, at 3 pm. Mr. Arakélian last performed for us in February of this year, as part of the Pacific Baroque Festival.
Admission will be by donation.
PROGRAM: Christmas organ music
Louis Marchand “Grand dialogue C-Major”
J.S. Bach "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland " BWV 659
J.S. Bach "Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr" BWV 711
TENT CITY--WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
It has been a year since tents began to appear on the courthouse lawn. The development and months long existence of Tent City has deeply affected the surrounding community. We have been changed and challenged by life next door to a marginalized population. We have been impacted by the downside to poverty, homelessness, addiction and mental illness. And, we have experienced moments of joy and transformation with members of that community.
The surrounding community responded to the question of what next in the vacated space with the request to build a playground with some accommodations for seniors and handicapped persons. The provincial government has confirmed such a playground will be constructed with further consultations with user groups. How has Tent City influenced us? What we have learned about ourselves? Where do we go from here as a Christian community? On Sunday November 20, we will have an opportunity to enter into a facilitated conversation around these questions.
There will be two opportunities: after the 9.15 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. services during coffee hour. Facilitator: Canon Wayne Stewart
CANON SUE HOUSE APPOINTED ACPO SECRETARY!
October 26, 2016: The Rev'd Canon Sue House has been appointed as the Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination (ACPO) secretary. Each ecclesiastical province sponsors a weekend assessment conference for people testing a call to ordained ministry. The purpose of ACPO is to ensure that the Canadian Church is maintaining standards for ordination right across the country – this gives bishops a certain peace of mind in receiving clergy from other dioceses.
Candidates who attend ACPO must submit a spiritual autobiography, and a paper on the nature of ordained ministry. Over a series of interviews, and closely observed interpersonal interactions, they must provide a credible reason for wanting to be ordained, rather than remaining in a fulfilling lay, ministry. Assessors are on the lookout both for gifts that will enhance the Church, and for liabilities from which the Church should be protected.
Canon House will serve as the “ACPO Secretary” for the Province of BC & Yukon. She will be responsible for planning ACPO conferences, recruiting and training assessors, dealing with candidates’ essays, and reporting back to their bishops. It is an important job, for which she is well qualified and recognizes her long and competent work in vocational discernment.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Join us for our service on October 2 at 9.15 a.m, and bring your pet(s). All animals will receive a special blessing. We will gather in the Narthex (the area just inside the west doors of the Cathedral, off Quadra Street) prior to the service and process down the aisle behind the clergy at the start of the service. Everyone welcome!
CHANGES OF SERVICE TIMES ON THANKSGIVING SUNDAY
Sunday, October 9 is the date of the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon and Half-Marathon. The route for the races takes the runners down Vancouver Street, usually around the time when people are trying to attend the 9.15 a.m. service. Parking can be almost impossible, so this year we are having a joint service at 10.30 a.m. This replaces the usual 9.15 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. services.
Our other services remain unchanged--8.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.
CATHEDRAL CHORAL SCHOLARS PRESENTED
On Sunday, September 18, seven of the eight Choral Scholars were presented at the 11.00 a.m. service.
- Heidi Worrall is pursuing Music Education studies at UVic. In addition to singing alto in our choir, Heidi is also a talented trombonist, studying with Scott MacInnes.
- Baritone Thomas Nicholson is studying composition with Christopher Butterfield at UVic. In addition to his Choral Scholarship, Thomas has received an Organ Scholarship and will be studying organ with Canon Michael Gormley this year.
- Bass Daniel MacRae is a third-year electrical engineering student at UVic and returning to the Cathedral for the second year. He studied with Winston Noren in Calgary and continues to pursue singing in choirs and other musical groups.
- We are pleased to welcome back soprano Margaret Lingas for another year. Margaret hails from England, and is in the fourth year of a Performance degree with Benjamin Butterfield at UVic.
- Joé Lampron-Dandonneau is a young tenor who comes to us from Montreal, where he was previously a Choral Scholar at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul. He is completing his Master’s degree at UVic with Benjamin Butterfield.
- Tenor Kaden Forsberg is in his second year as Choral Scholar. He is currently studying with Benjamin Butterfield at the University of Victoria.
- Bass William Constable returns to us for a second year. He is presently studying with Gary Relyea.
- Missing from the photo above is returning Tenor, Adam Schmidt. Adam is presently studying with Nancy Argenta at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
BELL RINGING: SPECIAL PEALS PLANNED FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
The North American Guild of Change Ringers conference and AGM is currently in progress at the Cathedral. Ringers from across North America have joined with the Cathedral ringers for courses, social activities, their AGM, and also a great deal of ringing. For most of the sessions, the sound controls are in place so that there is no disturbance to our neighbours, but on Sunday, two quarter peals will ring out.
The first is scheduled for 12:30 pm and the second for 3:30 pm. A quarter peal thus consists of 1,250 strikes without a single mistake. If the ringers make a mistake, the quarter peal is considered unsuccessful and cannot be registered, so it's all fairly high pressure! The ringing will be spectacular on this occasion, so the public is invited to come and listen outside the Cathedral.
Left: Cathedral and visiting bell-ringers at a practice session.
BELL RINGERS AGM
CATCHING THE WAVE WHILE WE CAN
Legacy Giving and the Church –Breakfast with Malcolm Burrows on September 23, 7.30 - 9.00 a.m.
Come and hear Malcolm Burrows, a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and the a practising Anglican. In other words, he “gets” us!
When & Where: Tuesday, September 27, 7.30 – 9.00 a.m.,Uplands Golf Club, 3300 Cadboro Bay Road, Victoria
Who is this for?: Clergy, Financial & Stewardship Committees, Parish Treasurers, Anyone interested in making their commitment to the Church last
How to Reserve a Space (by Friday September 23): Call Christ Church Cathedral 250.383.2714
Tickets: $30 ea. (Clergy may access PD Funds; Parishes may be able subsidize the attendance of lay leaders)
What do I get for my $30? Motivation to get started (or keep going) on legacy-giving; Practical Information; A chance to meet others who care; A great breakfast
PLEASE RESERVE EARLY: Maximum of 75 Spaces Available
GENERAL SYNOD, JULY 12: RESOLUTION TO CHANGE MARRIAGE CANON PASSED!
General Synod, July 12: A resolution to change the marriage canon to allow for the solemnization of marriages of same-sex couples has passed. The vote required a two-thirds majority in each of the Orders of Laity, Clergy and Bishops.
This news followed the announcement yesterday after the initial vote, that the resolution has been defeated. The results of July 11 vote were as follows: Order of Laity 72.22% support, Order of Bishops, 68.42% and Order of Clergy, 66.23%. The Clergy vote was 0.43% shy of the 66.66% needed.
However, it was discovered that due to technical difficulties with the voting system, one clergy vote had been incorrectly recorded. Once that correction was made, the two third clergy majority was achieved, thus giving the required support for the resolution to pass. More information will be posted here as it becomes available!
PRIDE CHURCH WEEK
We have several events and services taking place during Pride Week, in collaboration with our neighbour, St. John the Divine at 1166 Quadra Street. You are welcome to join us on any or all of these special occasions.
ST. CHRISTOPHER SINGERS' CHORAL SCHOLAR WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD!
Rachel Allen, one of the St Christopher Singers’ Choral Scholars and who has sung wit St Chris’ for a number of years, has had some wonderful success in this year’s Festival competitions:
Rachel Allen was the 2016 winner in the senior classical voice category at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival receiving the prestigious Rose Bowl and went on to win the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship. She came in first at the BC Performing Arts Festival in Fort St John and will represent BC at the National Performing Arts Festival in Edmonton in August.
NEW MANAGER OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION APPOINTED
The Dean and Wardens of Christ Church Cathedral are pleased to announce that Edward Hayley has agreed to accept the recently-created position of Manager, Finance & Administration at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria. He will take up his duties effective September 1, 2016.
Ed is the ideal person to assume this new role at the Cathedral. He is a chartered accountant with over three decades of experience and holds CPA and CA designations; he also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto.
Ed spent six years as Senior Director of Administration at Knox Presbyterian Church in Toronto, and most recently served for four years as Director of Finance & Administration at the Institute for Christian Studies in the same city. He is also active as a lay preacher, teacher and chorister in his current home parish of Christ Church St. James Anglican in West Toronto, and has a certificate as a pastoral care visitor. Ed's early professional training and experience took place in Vancouver in the 1980s; he and his wife Cindy are looking forward to returning to the West Coast.
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SPECIAL CHORAL EVENSONG TO CELEBRATE THE QUEEN'S 90TH BIRTHDAY
This weekend, nations throughout the Commonwealth will be celebrating the 90th birthday of the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. In London, England, a televised Service of Thanksgiving will be held in St Paul’s Cathedral.
Here in Victoria, on Sunday, June 12 at 4:30pm, Christ Church Cathedral will hold ‘A Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving to Mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday. This special Choral Evensong Service will include celebratory music from past royal occasions, including:
- An anthem by Healey Willan “O Lord, Our Governor” which was a Homage Anthem written for the Queen’s from Coronation in 1953. Healey Willan was a naturalised Canadian and this was the first music written for a coronation by someone residing outside of Great Britain.
- A grand anthem by Charles Wood “O Thou, the central Orb”. This work was performed for The National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate The Diamond Jubilee Of Her Majesty The Queen at St Paul's Cathedral, Tuesday 5th June 2012
- The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis from his Collegium Regale Service written by Herbert Howells in 1945 for King’s College, Cambridge.
- The congregation will be able to join in singing the hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” to the tune of Blaenwarn, recently voted the most popular hymn in Britain and was one of the 3 hymns sung at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
The Readings, Prayers and Collects approved for use by HM The Queen….
Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of the Province of British Columbia, will be in attendance. The Cathedral’s St Christopher Singers, led by Madeleine Humer and Michael Gormley (organ), will lead the music for this occasion.
VICTORIA SYMPHONY RETURNS TO THE CATHEDRAL THIS SUMMER!
Plan now to attend two outstanding concerts by the Victoria Symphony in the acoustically splendid (and cool) surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral. The concerts take place Wednesday July 20th and 27th at 7:30 pm. Each program will last approximately ninety minutes, with no intermission.
Wednesday, July 20: Dvorak’s New World, conducted by Michael Gormley.
An all-Dvorak program, climaxing with his beloved 9th Symphony (“From the New World”), also including three Slavonic Dances and selections from the Czech Suite.
The conductor is the Cathedral’s well-known Director of Music, who has announced his retirement later this year after more than three decades of musical leadership in our community.
Wednesday, July 27: Symphonic Dances, conducted by Alastair Willis, with Michael Gormley, organ.
Alastair Willis is a brilliant young British-born, Grammy-nominated conductor, currently living in the Seattle area. He leads a program of well-known dance music by Tchaikovsky and Johann Strauss, among others. Michael Gormley returns to join the orchestra at the console of the Cathedral’s mighty Hellmuth Wolff pipe organ for inspiring works by Albinoni and Buxtehude.
All tickets $20 general admission. Advance purchase at the Victoria Symphony box office (#610 – 620 View Street) or the Cathedral office (930 Burdett Avenue).
DISMANTLE TENT CITY, HOUSE RESIDENTS: VICTORIA CATHEDRAL
So ran the headline of an article by Andre Forget, staff writer for the Anglican Journal. To read the article, please click on this link: http://bit.ly/1ra7bac
DEAN OF OLYMPIA IS GUEST PREACHER FOR FORUM SUNDAY, MAY 29
The Very Rev'd Dr Steve Thomason, Dean of Olympia is our guest preacher on Sunday, May 29 at our joint 10:30 am service.
Dean Thomason is a medical doctor, and will be speaking at a forum before the service about Science and Religion. Continental breakfast at 9.15, session from 9.30-10.15 a.m.