Peterborough and area choirs gather at St Luke's
Festival organized by The Royal Canadian College of Organists
On 30 September, over 100 choristers from fourteen choirs gathered at St Luke's for a mass choir festival organized by the local chapter of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. More than 70 others joined in the evening of hymn-singing with the choirs.
The emcee for the evening was the renown Giles Bryant who led the congregation through the church year with music from each season. Between the pieces of music, Giles, in his affable and buoyant style, offered historical background and amusing anecdotes about the hymns, their authors and composers.
In one of his comments, Giles remarked that God loves music. He then added, with a chuckle, that he knew that because God had told him so on more than one occasion. With a bit of pondering, one could never doubt the authenticity of this comment since it was so evident, throughout the evening, how deeply connected sacred music is in the depth of the soul for Giles.
Accompaniment for the hymns was provided by Ian Morton, Organist and Choir Director at St Luke's. Syd Birell conducted the rehearsal earlier for choir members. The evening was organized by Peter MacKinnon. Thank you and blessings to all who participated in this journey through the music of the church year.
Our sincere thanks to all choir members:
- All Saints', Peterborough
- Cathedral of St Peter-in-Chains, Peterborough
- Christ Lutheran, Peterborough
- Keene United Church
- Mark Street United, Peterborough
- St Giles Presbyterian. Peterborough
- St John's Anglican, Peterborough
- St Luke's Anglican, Peterborough
- St Paul's Presbyterian, Peterborough
- St Peter's, Cobourg
- Trent University Concert Choir
- Trent University Madrigal Choir
- Trinity United, Cobourg
- Trinity United, Peterborough