October 11, 2009

Adriaen Janszohn van Ostade, Prayer before the Meal, British Museum, London, 1653

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone (NRSV, 1 Timothy 2:1).

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
Thanksgiving Sunday

Click to go immediately to:

1) The
Music Programme Homepage

2) The Music Calendar for Choral Eucharist and Evensong

3) The Concert Calendar

Patrick Wedd

Banquet céleste

The Choirs of Christ Church Cathedral invite you to a feast of contemporary sacred music, Banquet céleste, reflecting the spiritual in the heart of the city, on Friday, October 23rd, at 8:00 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral, 635 St. Catherine Street West (McGill Metro). Tickets: $20 adult; $15 students/seniors; $40 including reserved seating and wine and cheese reception. Information: (514) 843-6577.

Banquet céleste reveals the ability of sacred music to be both rooted in contemporary life and to give voice to the spiritual concerns of our time. It also celebrates the work of composers who have been inspired by the Cathedral and the great tradition of cathedral music. The concert includes a Toccata by Lynnwood Farnam, cast in the grand French style; a motet by his eulogist, Healey Willan; and John Burge’s melodic and moving Missa Brevis du Banquet céleste, which draws on the English cathedral tradition. It presents work by the Cathedral’s own Patrick Wedd, Director of Music, whose anthem, The Throne of God, was inspired by the text carved around the exterior of the Cathedral. The evening will also showcase work by young composers who are creating sacred music for the 21st century. Robin Davies, Jonathan Wild and Donald Hunt, are renewing, in very different ways, the tradition of cathedral music through work that expresses the conflicts, complexity and sheer energy of our time.

Programme for the Banquet céleste:

A Song to the Lamb Patrick Wedd

Missa ex machina Robin Davies
Gloria in excelsis
Agnus Dei

O King, to whom all things do live
Healey Willan [text] [listen]

Responses and Lord’s Prayer Jonathan Wild

Robin Davies


Toccata “O filii et filiae”
Lynnwood Farnam [YouTube]

Magnificat Donald Hunt

Missa Brevis du Banquet céleste
John Burge
Gloria in excelsis
Agnus Dei

The Throne of God Patrick Wedd

The prelude for Choral Eucharist this coming Sunday is by the Belgian composer, Joseph Jongen. Those with access to the Naxos Music Library and the Classical Music Library (info) can listen online to Joseph Jongen, Symphonie Concertante, op. 81, performed by Patrick Wedd, organist, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Mario Bernardi conducting. [CML] [NML]

Joseph Jongen

Festival des couleurs de l'orgue français

Chapel of the Grand Séminaire de Montréal
2065 rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Sunday, October 11, 3 pm: William Porter
Sunday, October 18, 3 pm: Federico Andreoni

Sunday, October 25, 3 pm: Yves-G. Préfontaine

Admission Free.

2009 Commemoration: 200th Anniversary of the Death of Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Click to go to a performance of Joseph Haydn: Ave Regina Caelorum, Hob. XXIIIb:3, by Susan Gritton, soprano; Collegium Musicum 90, Richard Hickox conducting.

Click to go to José de Nebra, Stabat Mater dolorosa; Greta de Reyghere and Katelijne van Laethem, sopranos; Petra Noskaiová, alto; Philip Defranck, tenor; Ensemble Capilla Principe de Viana; Ángel Recasens conducting.

Click to go to a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach, Cantata 169, by Mezzo-soprano: Bernarda Fink; Organ: Wolfgang Zerer; Vocalconsort Berlin / Freiburger Barockorchester; Petra Müllejans conducting.