Concerts and Events

From Earth to Heaven (and everything in between!), the pipe organ has an enormous sonic capacity and the most rich and diverse repertoire of any instrument. Come and hear for yourself at one of our free lunchtime or afternoon recitals, or chose from our array of headline concerts, featuring local and international celebrities such as Victoria Baroque, Daniel Roth, and the CBC’s Bob McDonald.
 
New to the organ and prefer a different vibe? How about jazz organ at Hermann’s, Beer and The Planets at Christ Church Cathedral, or a full-length documentary about rivalries in an international organ playing competition?

 

Choral Evensong by the Choir of St. John’s Cathedral, Albuquerque

5:00 pm Christ Church Cathedral

 

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Air and Hammers: Maxine Thévenot and Edmund Connolly

7:30 pm Christ Church Cathedral

Air & Hammers is a duo consisting of international concert organist and pianist Maxine Thévenot and acclaimed British baritone Edmund Connolly. These two distinguished artists have performed duo concerts together in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and in the UK. Air & Hammers performs song repertoire of all kinds, including new music by recognized and emerging composers. The duo has given US, UK and world premieres of new works by Andrew Ager, Frederick Frahm and Mary Badarak. In 2015 Air & Hammers released their first CD, Desire in Spring, available worldwide from www.RavenCD.com

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The Choir of St. John’s Cathedral, Albuquerque

4:00 pm Christ Church Cathedral

Presented in partnership with Christ Church Cathedral’s Summer Recital Series.

The Choir of St. John’s Cathedral, Albuquerque
Maxine Thévenot, director
Edmund Connolly, organist

Admission by donation.

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Cinema screening of “Pipe Dreams” – a documentary by Stacey Tenenbaum, followed by Q&A with documentary star and competition winner, Alcée Chriss

7:00 pm The Vic Theatre

Pipe Dreams follows 5 young organists as they compete in Canada’s prestigious International Organ Competition (CIOC). This competition for organists is one of the most exclusive competitions in the world. Tensions run high as our competitors vie for $100,000 worth of prize money. Who will master the ‘king of instruments’ and come out victorious in Montreal?

Individual tickets ($10) available here.

Alcée Chriss in concert

9:00 pm St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Musical talent and technical mastery come together in this multiple-prize-winning wunderkind.  Alcée will dazzle audiences in this short recital of showstoppers!

Admission by donation.

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Sunday Services

Christ Church Cathedral (Anglican)
9:15 am Sung Eucharist with the Parish Choir
11:00 am Choral Eucharist with the Cathedral Choir, including Vierne’s Messe Solennelle
4:30 pm Choral Evensong with St. Christopher Singers

St. John the Divine (Anglican)
10:30 am Choral Eucharist with the Choristers of St. John the Divine
7:30 pm Pride Evensong with the Choristers of St. John the Divine (for Victoria Pride Week)

Holst’s “The Planets” played by Mark McDonald

9:00 pm Christ Church Cathedral

A late-night performance by Mark McDonald of Holst’s orchestral suite, transcribed for organ by Peter Sykes.

Individual tickets ($10) available here.

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Organ Crawl

9:00 am – 11:45 am Church of Our Lord, St Peter and St Paul, Alix Goolden Performance Hall

RCCO convention begins with an organ crawl to visit 3 historically significant organs in Victoria.   The crawl will begin at 9:00 a.m. Monday, July 6 at the Church of Our Lord, where David Vuckson will provide details on the history of the Appleton organ which was originally built in Boston in 1827. For its age and physical condition, it functions well and still makes a glorious sound.  By July 2020 the oldest parts of the organ will be 193 years old (Great and Pedal). The Swell division is only about 152 years old! 

Next on our tour will be the 129 year old Conacher organ at St. Peter and St. Paul Anglican Parish.  St. Paul’s bought this magnificent pipe organ from the Church of St. John the Divine, Victoria, in 1912.  It is a tracker-action instrument, with 4 divisions: Swell, Great, Choir and Pedal Organ. It was built by the Peter Conacher Co. Ltd. of Huddersfield, England.  In February 2006, the Parish of St. Paul’s was presented with a plaque from the Royal Canadian College of Organists, recognizing the heritage status of the organ. The plaque is mounted on the wall near the organ itself. 

We end the organ crawl with a bus ride to the Victoria Conservatory of Music.  There we will have a chance to listen to Casavant’s 4-manual Opus 400, in a lunchtime performance by Edward Norman at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall.  After lying dormant for 12 years, “Cassie” was resurrected by Grant Smalley Pipe Organs and reinaugurated on July 20, 2010, one hundred years to the day after its first inauguration.  The organ is the largest Casavant of English Romantic voicing in BC.    

Each participant in the organ crawl will receive a bag lunch upon arriving at the conservatory.  

Included in convention registration.

Bach, Franck, and more: Edward Norman in recital

12:15 pm Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music

One of Canada’s best-known, outstanding organists plays the early 20th-century symphonically-voiced Casavant in the splendid acoustic of the Conservatory’s Goolden Hall.

Edward Norman, organist

Included in convention registration or admission by donation.

Introducing the Pipe Organ

1:30 pm Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music

Come and see what 1 organist playing 32 pedals, 61 keys and 3100 pipes can do! A demonstration of the Casavant organ in Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music, featuring Jean-Willy Kunz. Plus, try putting on a virtual reality headset and see what it’s like inside the organ at Montreal’s Symphony Hall! Appropriate for all ages.

Jean-Willy Kunz, organist and animator
Presented in partnership with the Canadian International Organ Competition and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Free admission.

Summer Organ Academy recital

3:15 pm St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

The closing recital of the Academy, featuring the talented organists of the future.

Included in convention registration or admission by donation.

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Handel and Herschel Organ Concerti, featuring Shawn Potter, Michael Jarvis, and Victoria Baroque

7:30 pm Church of St. John the Divine

18th-century Astronomer-composer William Herschel is enjoying something of a revival, led by Michael Jarvis. RCCO National Organ Playing Competition winner Shawn Potter joins him in this double bill, with Victoria’s outstanding resident early music ensemble.

Shawn Potter, organist and conductor

Michael Jarvis, organist and conductor
Victoria Baroque

Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Recital

Included in convention registration, all-concert pass, or individual tickets ($30) available here.

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Sacred and Profane: Duo Corvi

12:15 pm Chapel of the New Jerusalem, Christ Church Cathedral

One of Canada’s ‘most captivating early-music ensembles’, vocalist Julie Ryning and keyboardist Katelyn Clark specialise in repertoire of the 13th-15th centuries.

Julie Ryning, vocalist
Katelyn Clark, keyboardist

Concert sponsored by the Society of Ancient Music.

 

Included in convention registration or admission by donation.

Organ Open House

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm St Barnabas Anglican Chruch

Join Director of Music Michael Jarvis for a hands-on encounter with St Barnabas’s small, but perfectly formed, Brombaugh organ.

Admission free.

Music of the Spheres: Jean-Willy Kunz and Bob McDonald

7:30 pm First Church of Christ, Scientist

CBC science journalist Bob McDonald joins Montreal Symphony Orchestra organist-in-residence Jean-Willy Kunz in a musical and visual extravaganza.

Jean-Willy Kunz, organist
Bob McDonald, animator

Included in convention registration, all-concert pass, or individual tickets ($30) available here.

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Christina Hutten and Christi Meyers

12:15 pm St Ann’s Academy Chapel

1:45 pm St Ann’s Academy Chapel

Organist Hutten and violinist Meyers present a recital in the exquisite, historical surroundings of Victoria’s original Catholic cathedral (1858).
This concert has two showings due to limited seating.

Christina Hutten, organist
Christi Meyers, violinist

Included in convention registration or admission by donation.

Sounding Heaven: The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge in concert

7:30 pm St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic 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.

The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge
Richard Pinel, director 

Concert supported by James Burchill.

Included in convention registration, all-concert pass, or individual tickets ($30) available here.

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The Devil’s Pedals: the Tony Genge Trio

9:30 pm Hermann’s Jazz Club

One of Canada’s foremost jazz pianists and organists, Dr. Genge is a master of the Hammond B3. Hermann’s is Canada’s longest-standing jazz club, one of the great jazz rooms of North America.

Tony Genge Trio

Included in convention registration, all-concert pass, or individual tickets ($20) available here.

Denis Bédard in recital

12:15 pm Church of St. John the Divine

Leading Canadian organist and composer Denis Bédard in a short recital featuring a newly-commissioned work.

Included in convention registration, all-concert pass, or individual tickets ($15) available here.

Denis Bédard, organist

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Étoile du soir: Daniel Roth plays Vierne

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.

Mervyn Mowry Costigan Recital

Included in convention registration, all-concert pass, or individual tickets ($25) available here.

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Visit to Butchart Gardens

8:45 am to 12:45 am

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. The visits includes transportation from downtown Victoria and rare access to the 1908 two-manual Aeolian player organ in the Organ Pavillion, converted from a cattle barn!

Individual tickets ($60) available here.

 

Esther-Ruth Teel in Recital

3:15-4:15 pm Christ Church Cathedral

 

Admission by donation.

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New Music Launchpad

9 pm Church of St John the Divine

A late-night recital featuring pieces by one of Canada’s preeminent contemporary composers, Jocelyn Morlock, and Kim Farris-Manning, who is emerging as one of Canada’s most insightful young composer-performers. Morlock’s Premonition is a ticking, whirring, foreboding score inspired by Yeats’s “The Second Coming”, whilst Farris-Manning’s MAP;gest explores the very nature of perspective, drawing on Calvino’s book Invisible Cities and the interaction of representation and imagination inherent both in music scores and maps.

David Stratkauskas, organist

Admission by donation.

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Members of the Victoria Symphony (chamber music)

4:00pm – 5:00pm Christ Church Cathedral

A program of chamber music for various mixed ensembles performed by members of the Victoria Symphony. Works by Paul Hindemith, David Diamond, Darius Milhaud, and Bohuslav Martinů. Presented in partnership with Christ Church Cathedral’s Summer Recital Series.

Admission by donation.

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