(PDF) Press Release - Christ Church Cathedral launches Earth Songs: Music for Climate Justice

Featuring one of Canada's top string quartets and the cathedral's Wolff organ, Earth Songs: Music for Climate Justice draws attention to the need for action to reverse the climate crisis, aiming to educate, entertain, and inspire change. 

Christ Church Cathedral is thrilled to present Earth Songs: Music for Climate Justice. This series of six concerts from February to June will feature one of Canada’s top quartets and the cathedral’s Wolff organ played by a lineup of international artists. The series draws attention to the need for personal action to reverse the climate crisis and will include brief talks from climate focused NPOs and advocates with an opportunity to support. Each concert will focus on a different facet of our relationship with the natural world, aiming to educate, entertain, and inspire change. 

The first three concerts (February through April), entitled “Air,” “Water,” and “Land,” were performed by the Emily Carr String Quartet with special guest speakers: BC Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau,  Friends of Bowker Creek, and Andy MacKinnon, author of Mushrooms of British Columbia. 

The second half of the series (May & June) foregrounds Christ Church Cathedral’s magnificent pipe organ in three concerts featuring the cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, Mark McDonald, playing Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” Simon Johnson (Westminster Cathedral, UK) playing Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” and a collaboration between organist Jenny Vincent and CBC science journalist Bob McDonald entitled “Earth, Wind, Fire, and Life.” Built in 2005 by Helmuth Wolff and consisting of 4 keyboards, a pedalboard and 4,000 individual pipes, it is among the world's finest organs.

All concerts will be both in-person and livestreamed. 

This series is made possible in part thanks to the support of the Gail O’Riordan Climate and Arts Legacy Fund through the Victoria Foundation


Upcoming Concerts

Earth, Wind, Fire, and Life

Friday, May 27 at 7.00 pm 
Performers: Jenny Vincent and Bob McDonald

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Peter and the "Wolff"

Wednesday, June 1 at 7.00 pm 
Performer: Simon Johnson (Westminster Cathedral, UK)
Special Guests: Kit Pearson & Rande Cook

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The Planets

Friday, June 3 at 7.00 p.m 
Performer: Mark McDonald, The Cathedral Choirs
Guest Speaker: Dr. Alan Batten, Astronomer

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