Sounding Heaven and Earth
We Cordially Invite You…
. . . to spend a week next summer experiencing the beautiful natural surroundings and historic heritage attractions of Victoria BC, while listening to great music and networking with fellow organ enthusiasts! The festival’s theme, Sounding Heaven and Earth, links the inspiration to be found in both music and nature. From whale watching to tea at the Empress to Canada’s oldest Chinatown, it promises to be a special experience. A block of rooms has been booked at the historic, affordable and conveniently located Huntingdon Manor Hotel, or you can make your own accommodation arrangements. Free BC Transit bus passes are offered to festival registrants.
Among the instruments you’ll see and hear – in concert and/or on special visits:
~One of Canada’s largest mechanical action instruments: Helmuth Wolff’s South German style Opus 47 at Christ Church Cathedral.
~Casavant electro-pneumatic organs at St. John the Divine and First Church of Christ, Scientist; plus “Cassie,” the large, English Romantic-voiced Casavant Opus 400 installed in 1910 in what is now the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
~Opus 31 Brombaugh chamber organ at St. Barnabas; small Casavant at Pemberton Memorial Chapel, Royal Jubilee Hospital; 1927 Harrison & Harrison instrument at Christ Church Cathedral; unique hybrid installation (1880 – 2005) at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian; and many more
Photo Credits: Destination Greater Victoria
Handel and Herschel Organ Concerti,
featuring Shawn Potter, Michael Jarvis,
and Victoria Baroque
Monday, July 6, 7:30 pm
(Church of St John the Divine)
18th-century astronomer-composer William Herschel is enjoying something of a revival – find out why!
Sounding Heaven: The Choir of Jesus College,
Cambridge in concert
Wednesday, July 8, 7:30 pm
(St Andrew’s RC Cathedral)
One of the UK’s foremost mixed-voice choirs, the College Choir regularly sings Evensong in chapel, tours internationally, and has performed at the BBC Proms.
Music of the Spheres: Jean-Willy Kunz and Bob McDonald
Tuesday, July 7, 7:30 pm
(First Church of Christ, Scientist)
CBC science journalist Bob McDonald joins Montreal-based concert organist Jean-Willy Kunz in a musical and visual extravaganza.
Étoile du soir: Daniel Roth plays Vierne
Thursday, July 8, 7:30 pm
(Christ Church Cathedral)
We celebrate the 150th birthday of Notre Dame’s Louis Vierne, with a program of his music played by international concert organist and titulaire of the famous Cavaillé-Coll instrument of St. Sulpice in Paris.
Enjoy Victoria’s Unique Pacific Coast Organ Festival Experience
No visit to Victoria is complete without exploring the world-renowned The Butchart Gardens! Experience 55-acres of lush greens and floral splendor.
Created in 1904 by Jennie Butchart to restore natural beauty to her husband’s mined-out quarry, the lush grounds are simply amazing.
Cathedral Evensong sung by the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge.
The Devil’s Pedals: Tony Genge and the mighty B3 (Wednesday,
July 8: Late night show in a jazz club)
Choral Reading Session presented by Oxford University Press: house composer David Bednall takes us through our paces with the latest releases from OUP.
Organ Crawl of historic south-island instruments
Daily OrgelkidsCAN workshops
#6-419 Parry St.
Victoria, V8V 2H8