Christ Church Cathedral’s fulsome offering of online concerts continues this summer with its popular series showcasing the cathedral’s magnificent Hellmuth Wolff organ. The 3-concert series features three of Canada’s finest organists: Donald Hunt, and Mark McDonald (resident organists at Christ Church Cathedral), as well as Vancouver-based Christina Hutten, well known to Victoria’s early music audiences for her work with Victoria Baroque and the highly-acclaimed Music for the Pause series.
J.S. Bach has been a towering figure over every musician who has followed him, including Marcel Dupré - who famously performed all of Bach's organ works completely from memory! Donald Hunt opens the series with Bach’s monumental Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue and Dupré’s own transcription of Bach's Sinfonia from Cantata 29 in a program that brilliantly showcases the cathedral's Hellmuth Wolff organ.
Watch the livestreams online at the Christ Church Cathedral website, or on the cathedral Facebook page and YouTube channel. Donations are appreciated and help support the artists and the ongoing musical programming at the cathedral.
Allegro risoluto from Symphony No. 2, Op. 20
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Prelude and Fugue in F minor, Op. 7, No. 2
Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue (BWV 564)
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Le Banquet Celeste
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Sinfonia from Cantata 29
J.S. Bach, trans. Marcel Dupré
A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Donald Hunt has served as Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria since 2017. He studied music at McGill University in Montreal and has held several distinguished posts in the UK, including at Truro Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, London and St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. He is a first-prize laureate of the Concours d’orgue de Québec and has been a finalist in the Concours Prix d’Europe and the RCCO National Organ Playing Competition. He has been heard live on BBC radios 3 and 4, including for the Scottish celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. At Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, he plans the liturgical music for three Sunday services, and directs several choirs, including a treble choir, formed in 2018 in partnership with Christ Church Cathedral School.