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The Cathedral’s annual all-day celebration in honour of the patron saint of music. Performers include the cathedral’s organists and bellringers, Victoria Children’s Choir, and St Christopher Singers (program below). Admission by donation. Proceeds to support Music at Christ Church Cathedral. 

New this year: kids’ Organ-building workshops that integrate science, engineering and music as kids build a wooden tabletop organ. Small group sessions so sign up in advance to secure your spot. (1pm and 2pm starts)  [email protected]  

Note: the Christmas Bazaar is on the same day next door at Christ Church Cathedral School from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm

PROGRAM (see bios attached)

9:00 – 9:30 am Cathedral Guild of Bellringers

Climb the 71 steps to the Ringing Chamber to watch the ringers launch our musical day with traditional bell music with arcane names like “Grandsire”, Plain Bob” and Stedman”

9:30 – 10:00 am Robert Dukarm, organ

Stirring sounds of Handel, J.S. Bach and others to start the St Cecilia’s Day celebrations, fittingly on the Cathedral’s renowned Wolff organ

10:00 – 10:30 am Sounds of Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral’s St Christopher Singers 

10:30 – 11:00 am The Christ Church Cathedral Choir launches its new Christmas CD

11:00 – 11:30 am KlaVIERhands

One piano with 88 keys + four hands with 20 fingers + 100 years of piano playing experience equals the dynamic duo KlaVIERhands.

11:30am – 12:00 pm Anomaly & The Forager

Anomaly & The Forager team up to create ambient, spacey folk-rock with swirling lead guitar (Josh Duncan) and unique vocals (Bronwyn Proven). Presenting a mix of original songs and beloved favorites.

12:00 – 12:30 pm Quartetto Sorbetto

Ross Ingstrup (soprano saxophone); Todd Morgan (alto saxophone); Wendell Clanton (tenor saxophone); Karsten Brewka (baritone saxophone) presenting traditional and contemporary concert works drawn from the core neo-romantic and jazz-influenced repertoire, and ventures into tango, Baroque and many other compositional languages

12:30 – 1:00 pm Victoria Children’s Choir

A sneak preview of some music for the VCC Classical Christmas concert, and other songs for this concert season

1:00 – 1:30 pm Cookeilidh

Blending the tunes of Ireland and Scotland, with a heaping spoonful of maritime flavour, and a dash of folk, is their recipe for a rollicking, modern day kitchen party! Dave Cook (12-string guitar, lead vocals); Woody Wilson (wooden Irish flute, Bodhran); Kim Cook (fiddle, percussion); Tom Pogson (electric bass, background vocals)

1:30 – 2:00 pm Victoria Accordion Club Band

A St Cecilia’s Day favorite, the VAC Band will play a variety of music including popular contemporary songs and others taken from well-known musical productions.

2:00 – 2:30 pm Jorge Carrizales, piano

Mexican Jorge Carrizales will enlighten us to the music of Arturo Marquez and Julio Ituarte. Jorge is presently enrolled in the Masters program in piano performance at UVic, studying under Arthur Rowe.

2:30 – 3:00 pm A Taste of Perú

Sentires de América performs a selection of music from Peru’s coast and mountains along with some traditional Peruvian Christmas songs. 

3:00 – 3:30 pm Serena Jack, violin

Serena is going to perform an array of pieces from Classical - Fiddle and some Jazz styles. Serena has been a performer since the age of 5, and is now a graduate from the music program at UVIC and is going to pursue a masters in violin performance this coming year. Serena will be joined by UVic Music sudent Judith Gaston (viola).

3:30 – 4:15 pm New Page Country Dance Orchestra

Our kitchen party will serve up lively jigs, reels, and polkas, romantic airs, and old fashioned waltzes, from Dan Page’s tune books and beyond!

4:30 pm Choral Evensong for St Cecilia’s Day

Jean de Chaynée “Caecilia in corde suo”

Responses by Richard Ayleward

Psalm 131 chant Rogers

“The Short Service” by Richard Ayleward

Hans Leo Hassler “Cantate Domino”




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