In 2021, CBS Music continues its popular Lunch Plus Wednesday At One recital series, the Bach St John Passion at 8 pm on Good Friday, and another Christmas Messiah at 1.30 pm on Sunday, 12 December. Their concert year began on February 14, with a Strings on Sunday concert at 3 pm, including baroque and classical favourites. A Palm Sunday concert included Bach’s great solo cantata Ich Habe Genung, with international bass Paul Whelan, Haydn’s Lamentatione Symphony, and the Barber Adagio for Strings.
A concert with an American flavour was heard on Sunday, July 4 at 2 pm. Music created in the USA by Aaron Copland, Randall Thompson, Samuel Barber, Morten Lauridsen and Igor Stravinsky preceded a performance of the Mozart Solemn Vespers K339, famous for its delectable Laudate Dominum.
Another Christchurch Choral Festival was held on August 15, at 3 pm.
For their annual Haydn concert this year, the CBS choir, orchestra and soloists will perform his motet Insanae et Vanae Curae, the "Oxford" Symphony No. 92 and the Mass in Time of War, popularly known as the Paukenmesse, at 2 pm on Sunday 21 November. Any cancellation because of Covid restrictions will be posted on the CBS website - www.cathedral.org.nz
Their Christmas Midnight Mass will be another of Haydn's liturgical masterpieces: the Mariazellermesse.