Music News

Recent News

Montral smallI write to report on some of the choir’s activities over the past 12 months. In November, a rejuvenated Interfaith Service featured our growing chorister program, and next month the choir was busy selling its third professional CD entitled ‘Lift High the Cross’, as a fundraiser for the (sadly, postponed) UK trip (if you haven’t bought one yet, then DO!). During the Lent term, the adults were hard at work on the Brahms Requiem for our annual joint concert with the choir of RPC, whilst the chorister sang Evensong weekly.

The service of Evensong has been offered consistently throughout the year, mainly by the choristers   during Advent and Lent. The summer term also turned out to be our busiest: trips to sing Evensong at St Mary the Virgin in NYC, and Trinity Church in Ossining were undertaken by the choir, in addition to choral services at Christ’s Church on Ascension Day and Trinity Sunday. Links with our own Cathedral of St John the Divine have been strengthened, with both the adults and choristers participating in worship there.  

Two major French organ works, La Nativité du Seigneur by Olivier Messiaen and Le Chemin de la Croix  by Marcel Duprè  (both featuring live digital projections) are now becoming firm parish traditions, with a growing and increasingly aware congregation. Concerts featuring our own Cris Thorne, and by harpist Grace Cloutier, have completed the concert series.  

In the midst of all of this comes the choirs raison d’etre, leading the sung worship at Christ’s Church. The choirs are eagerly looking forward to beginning the coming 2014-15 season!
Staff singer news
Over the summer vacation, we bade farewell to Charles Curtis and George Wright as staff-singers and we wish them well in their future endeavors. This month we welcome three new staff-singers to the choir: Hugo Vera, Jon Garrow, and Simon Riker. One more bass singer is yet to be appointed. Please do keep an eye on the CCRye Facebook page for further information on our talented team of professional singers.

Adult Choir Recruitment
All adults and teenagers who possess the ability to read music are warmly invited to join the adult choir. All rehearsals take place on Thursdays. For more details, please visit the Music page on the church website: http://www.ccrye.org.

Chorister Program Recruitment
The Boy and Girl Choristers of the Christ’s Church Choir are now busy recruiting for the 2014-2015 season. In addition to rehearsals and services, the choristers will be going to NYC, Albany and Boston during the year. They will also take a full part in the next Christ’s Church Choir CD. The only requirement for membership in the chorister program is an unwavering commitment to the weekly Wednesday rehearsal and Sunday services.
For more information on the choirs or the music program, contact Ruaraidh Sutherland, the Director of Music at 967-1749, ext. 229, or at music@ccrye.org.