Music at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral
The Cathedral Choir and Orchestra sing a Solemn Choral Mass at 10.30 am each Sunday at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, where they continue to maintain an extensive repertoire of masses and motets. New members are welcome to the 7.30 pm Wednesday evening rehearsal at the CBS Music Centre, beside the Pro-Cathedral, at 373 Manchester Street, Christchurch. Sight reading ability is expected. Scholarships and awards are available to suitable applicants. Those interested are invited to contact the CBS Musical Director, Don Whelan, phone 358-5873.
This year’s Cathedral Music Festival centred on the diocesan feast day of St John the Baptist, Sunday June 24. A 3 pm free concert presented a NZ premiere of Mozart’s beautiful Vespers of the Blessed Sacrament, together with his “Paris” Symphony 31, first heard at a festival concert for Corpus Christi - the patronal feast of our cathedral. Following the concert, a social time was held in the adjacent CBS Music Centre,including an hour-long presentation on DVD of highlights of past CBS Music tours, from 1990 to 2015, showing some highlights of their performances in a number of great world cathedrals.
Haydn’s Theresienmesse was heard on Sunday, 30 September, and the annual performance of Messiah will be 2 pm, Sunday 16 December.
The weekly Wednesday at One Pro-Cathedral concert series continues to attract a supportive audience, and presents a variety of soloists, ensembles and orchestras. Besides experienced local professional players, opportunities are provided for advanced performers from Canterbury University’s School of Music, and some local secondary schools.