Music at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral
While waiting for decisions on the future of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 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
A new musical home has been constructed for the CBS musicians, alongside the Pro-Cathedral, to provide them with the necessary rehearsal, library, and administrative spaces to maintain their liturgical commitments, and sacred concert outreach to the city. CBS Music is attempting to raise $300,000 towards this cost. Fund-raising will be assisted by concerts.
In September, 2012, the cathedral choir and orchestra set off on their sixth international tour. 39 travellers presented Masses and concerts in the major cathedrals of Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tokyo. In 2013, they visited Melbourne, to sing at St Francis Church and St Patrick's Cathedral.
During June - July 2015 , they toured the United Kingdom and Ireland during a month of summer weather, spectacular sight-seeing, and many successful concerts in the cathedrals and churches of Los Angeles, Westminster, Chelmsford, Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney, Galway, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, York, Liverpool and Birmingham.
Based now at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Manchester Street, the cathedral musicians maintain an extensive repertoire of masses and motets, sung each Sunday at the 10.30 a.m. Solemn Choral Mass. New members are welcome to the 7.30 pm Wednesday evening rehearsal at their new CBS Music Centre. 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.