December 2022: We're achieved 70% of our fundraising goal to ensure that all choir members can come, regardless of financial means. Please help us with the final push!
Saturday, January 7, 2023: Concert: Wise Guys
Wednesday, January 25, 2023: A celebration of Robert Burns in song verse and dance
Saturday, February 11, 2023: Gesualdo Six in Concert: English Motets (sponsored by James Burchill)
Cathedral Choir and the Young Choristers Tour (Edinburgh, Westminster Abbey, St George's Chapel)
We are blessed to live in an incredibly beautiful part of the world. But singing in an Anglican Cathedral chorister program can be lonely work without similar programs to put our work into context.
In October 2019, the newly formed Young Choristers of Christ Church Cathedral spent a successful long weekend in Seattle singing services and socializing with the choristers of St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. They returned with a renewed understanding of their work, a team ethos, and a fresh sense of purpose. Now it’s time to think bigger! In 2023, our Young Choristers, Choral Scholars, and Adult Cathedral Choirs will be going on tour to Scotland and London, singing daily services in St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, Westminster Abbey, and St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. The primary purpose of the trip is to discover what it’s like to make music in sacred places where we will be contributing to a tradition of daily choral worship. Of course, it wouldn’t be a choir tour without fun excursions!
Here are the services we will be singing:
Tuesday, July 4: Choral Evensong in St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh
Wednesday, July 5: Choral Evensong in St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh
Thursday, July 6: Choral Evensong in St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh
Friday, July 7: Choral Evensong in St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh
Sunday, July 9: Choral Eucharist & Choral Evensong in St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh
Monday, July 10: Choral Evensong in Westminster Abbey, London
Tuesday, July 11: Choral Evensong in Westminster Abbey, London
Wednesday, July 12: Choral Evensong in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
Here are some of the leisure activities we have planned:
• Discovering the Royal Mile
• Climbing Arthur’s Seat (an ancient volcano in the middle of Edinburgh)
• Learning about the animal kingdom at the Edinburgh Zoo
• Camera Obscura (chamber of illusions)
• Warner Bros. Studio Tour (Harry Potter), London
• Rosslyn Chapel (featured in the DaVinci Code)
We need your help to make sure no choir member is left behind!
"I joined the Christ Church Cathedral Girls choir in Ottawa when I was 9 years old because I loved to sing. As I sang year after year I started to realize that choir itself, and specifically a Cathedral choir, is so much more than just singing to me. From the music education I received through choir I was able to advance my studies at University of Victoria and graduate with a degree in Classical Voice Performance. Singing in a Cathedral is an experience I do not take for granted. The beauty of the building itself mixed in with the beauty of making music is spectacular. Going on tour and getting to have more experiences singing with others, as well as taking in all the history that Cathedrals have to offer gives me the chills! I am very excited for this opportunity.” -Olivia Duffin, Choral Scholar
"I would love the opportunity to be able to travel and experience other churches’ musical environments. I think we share a lot of unifying practices with churches like ours across the globe, but seeing that firsthand would be totally eye-opening. Also, I’ve wanted to visit Durham since long before I even had any sort of involvement with the Anglican church." - Jordan Rettich, Choral Scholar