2018 / 2019 Season
After a September performance by Beiliang Zhu of J.S. Bach's complete Cello Suites, we devote the month of October to the pipe organ. A recital by Canadian virtuoso Isabelle Demers (also known as "The Diminutive Dynamo"!) is followed by a performance of Gustav Mahler's Resurrection Symphony on the organ, in a transcription by David Briggs.
November's highlight is a repeat and expanded performance of our sold-out 2017 musical and astronomical extravaganza "On the construction of the heav'ns," with music by English polymath William Herschel.
December 2nd marks the beginning of Advent, with our traditional service of Advent Carols, sung by the Cathedral Choir. But the Christmas concert season begins on December 1st, with a performance by the University of Victoria Choirs, conducted by Adam Con and Susan Young.
The Cathedral Choir pairs up with with David Fallis, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and international soloists to perform Monteverdi's "A Christmas Vespers" on December 20th. On December 22nd, CapriCCio presents its annual "The Night Before the Night Before," and on December 23rd, the Cathedral Choir sings a Service of Lessons and Carols. We say farewell to the old year and welcome the new year with two concerts: On Sunday, December 30th (2pm), Patrick Wedd plays Olivier
Messiaen's "La Nativite du Seigneur," and on January 1st, we present the ever-popular "Old Music for a New Year".
In February, the Pacific Baroque Festival returns to Victoria and to Christ Church Cathedral with a concert and a service of Choral Evensong, featuring music of the English Baroque (February 7th).
You won't want to miss two vocal events in March: On Saturday, March 16th, the University of Victoria vocal students present Handel's "Acis and Galatea." On Saturday, March 23rd, The world-famous Choir of Clare College, Cambridge presents a music of Renaissance polyphony for the season of Lent.
June is the normal time of year for our annual Summer Organ Series, this year featuring Bruce Neswick (Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland), Aaron James (Toronto Oratory) and the cathedral's own Donald Hunt, who also joins the Victoria Philharmonic Choir for a "500 Years of English Church Music."