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Live Music returns this summer at Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral’s Summer Recital Series 2020: “Listen live, listen local”

Christ Church Cathedral is pleased to announce the line-up for its 58th annual Summer Recital Series. Despite the pandemic, the series will carry on this year, featuring a line-up of beloved professional musicians (including Symphony players) as well as talented pianist Jorge Edouardo Carrizales. The series opens on August 1st with VS clarinetist Keith MacLeod alongside pianist Robert Holliston and closes on August 22nd with a much-anticipated Beethoven tribute by the Emily Carr String Quartet.

Due to the cathedral’s social distancing measures, there will be two showings of each concert, with attendance strictly limited to keep a group size of 50. Purchase your non-transferable ticket early to ensure your place. For those who aren’t able to attend in person, a live-stream of the evening showing will be available via Facebook Live.

Program Details

Please note there are 2 showings 4.00pm and 7.30pm

Emily Carr String Quartet

The Emily Carr String Quartet closes the cathedral’s summer series and marks Beethoven’s anniversary year with a complete performance of the composer’s last major work: String Quartet no. 16 (op. 135), including its famous last movement, headed “The Difficult Decision.”

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Emily Carr String Quartet:

Müge Büyükçelen-Badel, violin 1

Cory Balzer, violin 2

Mieka Michaux, viola

Alasdair Money, cello


Josef Suk Meditation on an old Bohemian Chorale (op. 35)

Beethoven String Quartet no. 16 in F major (op.135)

I. Allegretto (F major)

II. Vivace (F major)

III. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo (D major)

IV. "Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß". Grave, ma non troppo tratto ("Muss es sein?") – Allegro ("Es muss sein!") – Grave, ma non troppo tratto – Allegro (F minor – F major)

Joaquin Turina The Bullfighter’s prayer (op. 34