The Liturgical Year: Quebec City Cathedral-Basilica Organist Marc D’Anjou in Concert @ Holy Rosary Cathedral
Nov 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Marc photo de concert

Organ masterpieces for the liturgical year: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. Featuring works by Bach, Bedard, Buxtehude, Durufle, Germain, Guilmant, Widor, and Vierne. This is the second part of a two-part concert, in conjunction with Pacific Spirit United Church, where Marc D’Anjou will perform on Sunday, November 4 at 3 pm. Performance visible on a giant screen at the front of the Cathedral.


Diderik Buxtehude: Prelude, Fugue and Ciacona in C BuxWV 137



Johann Sebastian Bach: Chorale prelude: “Nun Komm’ der Heiden Heiland” BWV 659
Roland Germain: Toccata sur ‘Venez divin Messie’



Denis Bédard: Deux Noels


Johann Sebastian Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV 582


Charles Marie Widor: Final (2nd Symphony, Op. 13 No. 2)



Denis Bedard: Variations sur ” Herzlich tut mich verlangen”



Denis Bedard: Choral sur “O filii et filiae”
Alexandre Guilmant: Offertoire sur “O filii”



Diderik Buxtehude: Chorale prelude: “Komm, Heiliger Geist” BuxWV 199
Maurice Duruflé: Choral varie sur le theme du“Veni Creator” Op. 4


Louis Vierne: Final (1st Symphony, Op. 14)

Marc D’Anjou has been principal organist of the Quebec City Cathedral Basilica since 1993, except for two years (2010 – 2012) as music director at South Burnaby United Church, and music director at the Cathedral-Basilica since 2015. Having won the national organ finals in the junior category of the Baldwin Competition in Toronto in 1980, he graduated from the Rimouski Conservatory of Music with first class honours in 1986 and continued his studies in Paris. He has given many concerts in Canada and abroad, including more than a dozen organ inaugurations, and has participated in several improvisation matches in Quebec and in France. In 2009 he toured Ecuador, giving five concerts. He has recorded for the CBC’s French network, including the first ever radio recording of the works of Édouard Commette, works which he recorded on CD in 1997.


The French Symphonic Organ, concert 2: Darryl Nixon, organist @ St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Concert information from RCCO member Darryl Nixon:

St. Andrew’s – Wesley Church is closing… for between 18 and 30 months! This is for a major restoration and seismic upgrading. As I will be without an instrument for about 2 years I thought I would play some repertory dear to my heart starting with the four opus13 Symphonies of Charles Marie Widor. The church is heavily booked, especially evenings, so I have chosen the unusual but available times of some Monday nights starting with October 29 and November 12. Here is the announcement:

The French Symphonic Organ:
Organ Symphonies of  Charles Marie Widor opus 13

-October 29… 7pm Symphonies 1 and 2.

-November 12… 7pm Symphonies 3 and 4

St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church, Vancouver
Burrard at Nelson

Entrance (and exit) by donation

Performance may be projected on front screen

Organ–60 stop Huestis/Casavant

Darryl Nixon-organist

Choir and Organ Concert @ Maranatha Canadian Reformed Church
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Handel Society will  perform two works for organ and choir, the haunting Requiem by Maurice Durufle, and the rarely heard Mass in D Major by Antonin Dvorak.
The choir is directed by Johan Louwersheimer, and the organist is Vancouver Centre RCCO President, Michael Molnar.

Choir and Organ Concert @ Willoughby Heights Canadian Reformed Church
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Handel Society will  perform two works for organ and choir, the haunting Requiem by Maurice Durufle, and the rarely heard Mass in D Major by Antonin Dvorak.
The choir is directed by Johan Louwersheimer, and the organist is Vancouver Centre RCCO President, Michael Molnar.

Sacred Music for Advent at Holy Rosary Cathedral @ Holy Rosary Cathedral
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Performed by the Cathedral’s own musicians: organist Denis Bédard and the Cathedral Choir, assistant organist Catherine Walsh and the Holy Rosary Women’s Choir, the Contemporary Choir with director Chito Lacsina, and the Spanish Mass Choir with director Alejandro Frias.

Michael Dirk accompanies Laurel and Hardy movie at the Orpheum @ The Orpheum
Jan 26 @ 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Vancouver RCCO vice president and Saint John Shaughnessy organist Michael Dirk will accompany the Laurel and Hardy silent movie ‘The Second Hundred Years’ on the Orpheum organ, as part of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 100th anniversary day of music.


The French Symphonic Organ, concert 3: Darryl Nixon, organist @ St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Symphonies 6 & 5, Op. 42, by Charles-Marie Widor

Darryl writes: “6 before 5 because that is the order I will play them in and also the order in which they were composed.”

Earth, Wind, Fire and Life @ St. James Anglican Church
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm



Enjoy a full spectacle of organ music, video visuals, and stimulating narration featuring commentary by CBC’s Bob McDonald – science guru, host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks, and author of several books – topped off with exquisite music played by Jenny Vincent on the organ. Audiences will be enraptured by this fascinating, breathtaking, and entertaining programme, wrapped up with spectacular visuals on large screens. This is an event not to be missed.
The first performance on Vancouver Island last year sold out and received ecstatic praise from concert-goers. Bob McDonald, host of Quirks & Quarks  brings science to over 500,000 devoted CBC listeners weekly. He also is CBC’s science correspondent for The National and hosts Heads Up, a series for children. McDonald’s most recent book is Canadian Space Walkers : Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure.
Jenny Vincent is organist at Knox United Church in Parksville.  She has played an eclectic mix of instruments over her career, ranging from the iconic Hammond B-3 jazz organ to a Casavant Frères 3000+ pipe organ. Jenny has performed throughout Canada and the United States.  “Jenny Vincent is a gifted organist with skill and dedication, who brings music to sparkling life”  ( David Drinkell, Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton ).  It is Jenny’s passion to make the organ a valued and accepted musical instrument in our mainstream society.

Fanfare for the Common Man                       Aaron Copland


         Arranged by Richard Lloyd



Genesis of a Planet



Sabre Dance                                            Aram Khachaturian


     Arranged by Friedemann Winklhofer



The Earth is Alive!


Aquarium                                                   Camille Saint-Saens


                                           Transcribed by Ekaterina Melnikova




Making It Blow


The Ride of the Valkyries                             Richard Wagner


                                                               Transcribed by Edwin Lemare



Our Protective Blanket


Deuxieme Arabesque                                   Claude Debussy


                                                                 Transcribed by Leon Roques





Ever Changing, Always the Same


Rondo in G                                                     Richard Ellsasser

                                                                                           (1926 – 1972)

                                                               Attributed to John Bull


Fire and Life


Magic Fire Music                                           Richard Wagner


                             Transcribed by Stokowski/James H Rogers







Dance of the Water Spirits                     Hans-Andre Stamm    



Life Elsewhere?

Maroondah Merzbau                                              Stephen Ingham




Most of the music selections in this program are transcriptions of original works that have been scored for a different instrument or instruments. Usually transcriptions stay close to the original music but often become more of an arrangement with certain aspects of the piece changed to suit the composer and new instrumental needs.


Organist Angelique Po and oboist Fleur Sweetman in Concert @ St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Programme (order may change)

J.S. Bach, Fantasia in G major (Pièce d’orgue), BWV 572
G.F. Handel, Sonata in C Major, HWV 365*
Dieterich Buxtehude, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
Georg Böhm, Auf meinen lieben Gott
Johann Ludwig Krebs, Fantasia in F minor*
Hendrik Andriessen, Sonata da Chiesa
Ernst Friedrich Richter, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern*
Camille Saint-Saëns, Prelude from Op. 99 no. 3

*with oboist Fleur Sweetman

Organic Voices: Laudate Singers with organist Edward Norman @ Queens Avenue United Church
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Solo works by Stamm and Kiefer (see below for more info) and other works with the choir including a new commission by Marco Del Rio (Fire and Snow), Britten’s Te Deum in C and Jubilate Dei, and Gabriel Jackson’s Missa Sanctae Margaretae.

Toccata giocosa (2008)……………………………………………………………………Hans-André Stamm

Hans-André Stamm was born in Germany in 1958. At the age of seven he began piano and pipe-organ studies; at eleven years-old he began touring Europe as an organ virtuoso and made his first recording at the age of 13.  He is renowned for his Bach interpretations and subsequent recordings, and has established a reputation for attractive organ compositions. As the title suggests, this is an eminently cheerful piece, utilizing a traditional organ ‘toccata’ technique in which a ‘perpetuo mobile’ motif is countered by broad, melodic themes.

Jazz prelude on “Die ganze Welt hast du uns überlassen” (2003)…………Hans-Martin Kiefer (melody: Rudolf Siemoneit)

A group of contemporary German composers has been active in exploring jazz idioms for the pipe organ. Apart from the role of the fabled Hammond organ in jazz, gospel and pop, this has not been a traditional idiom for the pipe organ, least of all in a liturgical context! The editors of their recently-published collections – Uwe-Karsten Gross and Gunther Martin Göttsche – state that this music  “…is intended to bear witness to the wealth of colours which can be expressed in jazz”.  This particular composition by Hans-Martin Kiefer – based on a contemporary hymn (or chorus) by Rudolf Siemoneit – is set in a ‘blues’ style. The text translates “You have left to us the whole world”, a text reflecting on Creation and our responsibility towards it.