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.
Handel’s Messiah will be presented by CBS Music in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Manchester St., on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 2 pm. Soloists will be Elizabeth Emeleus, Louisa Pilkington, Theo Moolenaar, Wally Enright, Ken Joblin and Chris Whelan. The Cathedral Orchestra will be led by Natalia Lomeiko, with continuo accompaniment by Ellen Doyle and Barry Brinson. Don Whelan will direct. Admission is by programme donation of $20 and $15, available at the door. This annual Christmas performance has continued to attract a substantial audience.
Christmas Midnight Mass 2017
The usual greatly expanded CBS Orchestra will accompany favourite Christmas carols for all, and enable this year a rare performance of Schubert’s beautiful Mass in F Major. Written aged 17, at while still a composition student of the maligned court composer, Anton Salieri, this was Schubert’s first big success, performed in his local parish church, where he was hopelessly in love with the first soprano soloist. Understandably, our Midnight Mass soloist, Stephanie Waterhouse, has many starring moments!
Other attractions this year will include first performances of U.S. composer Morten Lauridsen’s wonderful O Magnum Mysterium, and two new arrangements by John Rutter: Christmas Lullaby, and Three Kings of Orient (suitably orchestrated with middle Eastern effects!). Claim your seat from 11 pm on Christmas Eve.