Organic Voices: Laudate Singers with organist Edward Norman @ West Vancouver United Church
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 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.
Partita on “Awake, my heart, with gladness”………………………………………Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
Born and raised in Belgium, Peeters began his studies at the Lemmens Institute in Mechelen. In 1923 he became an organ teacher at the Institute; simultaneously acquiring the position of chief organist at the Cathedral in Mechelen, which he held for most of his life.  As an organist and pedagogue, Peeters enjoyed great renown, giving concerts and liturgical masterclasses all over the world. He was a prodigious composer, most of his music being written for the organ, choir or both. Shortly before his death, he was honoured by King Baudouin, bestowing the title of ‘Baron Peeters’.  Flor Peeters made a special study of Renaissance music, particularly the school of Flemish polyphony. These styles were absorbed into his own music, along with twentieth-century techniques. These influences can be heard in this work, which was published in 1950. It consists of a series of variations on a chorale (or hymn) – in this case carrying a celebratory Easter text – leading up to a toccata-style climax, and a final triumphant statement of the chorale itself.

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.

Organist Edward Norman and Oboist Roger Cole in Concert @ Holy Rosary Cathedral
Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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A delightful evening of works by Handel, Bach, Marcello, Bedard, Rheinberger, Franck, Rachmaninoff and Sokola, performed by the VSO’s Principal Oboist and one of Vancouver’s most eminent organists.  This performance will be projected on a giant screen at the front of the church.

Edward Norman has given many concerts in Canada, the US, the UK, Poland and Germany.  He has performed in the Vancouver International Festival, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston SC and in Tokyo with the YNSO.  Most recently he has performed with the VSO, the Vancouver Bach Choir and was organist and adjudicator at the International Kathaumixw Festival in Powell River. Last summer he appeared in recital at the National Museum of Wales, in Cardiff. Over the years he has been heard frequently on CBC radio as a recitalist and accompanist.

Roger Cole was appointed Principal Oboist of the Vancouver Symphony by Maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama in 1976.  At age 22 he was the youngest principal player of the VSO.  Today he is the oldest principal player. From 1976-2008 he was also the principal oboist of the CBC Radio Orchestra.  He performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and has appeared as soloist with the VSO and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra many times.  From 1998-2012 he was the principal oboist of the Carmel Bach Festival in California.


Allegro (from Concerto Grosso in g minor Op.6 H 324
(arranged for organ by Vernon Butcher))………George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Three chorale preludes:

Oboe and organ
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (BWV 654)

Wo soll ich fliehen hin (BWV 646)

Oboe and organ
Nun komm’ der heiden Heiland (BWV 659)

Prelude and fugue in C (BWV 547)

Oboe and organ
Concerto in d minor (S.Z799)……………Alessandro Marcello (1684-1750)
Andante – Adagio – Allegro

Gibraltar March (2018)……………………Denis Bedard

Oboe and organ
Rhapsodie Op.147…………………………Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)

Chorale no 1 in E…………………………..César Franck (1822-1890)

Oboe and organ
Vocalise………………………………………..Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Toccata (from Quattro Pezzi)…………..Milos Sokola (1913-1976)

Tuesday morning with Michael Murray, Organist @ Central Presbyterian Church
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Holy music for the organ from the 16th to 20th centuries


Programme (approx. 1 hr in length):
“Te Deum” Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Ciacona BuxWV 160 Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Iste Confessor Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Iste Confessor Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
Master Tallis’s Testament Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
A Solis Ortus Cardine Jakob Praetorius (1586-1651)
Neuvaine (1998) André Cormier (b. 1969)
Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544 J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Michael Murray has been working and playing the organ for most of his life. Having studied at Douglas College and Western Washington University he left the West Coast to live for a few years in Toronto. It was there he obtained his ARCT. After this time he returned to Vancouver and is active as a professional musician. In 1992, he founded the award winning vocal ensemble musica intima. Currently Michael is Director of Music at St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Director of the Abendmusik Chamber Choir and Organ Instructor at the UBC School of Music.

Organist Christina Hutten and trumpeter Silas Friesen in Concert @ St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church
May 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Handel – Eternal Source of Light Divine
A Tour of the Liturgical Year in Beloved Chorales Set by Bach and His Students
Bach/Vivaldi Concerto in D Major

Organist and harpsichordist Christina Hutten has presented recitals in Canada, the United States, and Europe, including performances in concert series hosted by the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, the Hooglandsekerk in Leiden, Early Music Vancouver, the Universities of British Columbia and Calgary, and others. She performs regularly with Pacific Baroque Orchestra and has appeared as concerto soloist with the Okanagan Symphony, the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, and the Arizona State University Chamber Orchestra. Christina is also an enthusiastic teacher. She coaches and helps to coordinate the early music ensembles at the University of British Columbia and has given masterclasses and workshops at institutions including Brandon University, the University of Manitoba, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada’s National Music Centre in Calgary, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.

Funded by a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, she pursued historical keyboard studies in Europe with Francesco Cera, François Espinasse, and Bernard Winsemius. She participated in the Britten-Pears Programme, led by Andreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin, for which she was awarded the Loewen Prize. Christina obtained a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from Arizona State University under the direction of Kimberly Marshall and an Advanced Certificate in Harpsichord Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Charlotte Nediger. She is now a doctoral candidate in musicology at UBC.

Silas Friesen is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer from a musical family of eight. Active in both classical and jazz idioms, he has performed, among others, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, Vancouver Brass Project, Music on Main, Tommy Banks, and his own ensembles (Silas Friesen Group, HUTCH, Thunderbird Brass). Silas was the top graduate from the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan and is completing a Master of Music at UBC with Larry Knopp.

From the Old World to the New: Holy Rosary Cathedral Organist Denis Bedard in Concert @ Holy Rosary Cathedral
May 24 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


This musical voyage starts in Europe with works by Italian and German composers, arrives on this continent with works by American composers, and ends in Vancouver with the second half of the concert devoted to works by Denis Bedard. Performance visible on a giant screen at the front of the Cathedral


Chorale “Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr”                                                          Samuel SCHEIDT (1587-1654)

Aria detta la Frescobalda                                                                        Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643)

Prelude and Fugue in G minor                                                                            Nicolaus BRUHNS (1665-1697)

Ave Maria (Op. 104, no. 2)                                                                              Marco Enrico BOSSI (1861-1925)

Alleluia (Op. 70, no. 6)                                                                                     Marco Enrico BOSSI

Mosaik (extr.)                                                                                              Hans Uwe HIELSCHER (1945)(Preambulum – Ritornell – Cantilene – Toccatina)

Variations from Suite Breve (Op. 894)                                                             Carson COOMAN  (1982)

Toccata on “Deo Gratias”                                                                            Richard KEYS BIGGS (1886-1962)

Fantasia on two hymn tunes                                                                                   Denis BÉDARD (1950)

Variations sur “O Sanctissima” (from “Messe pour orgue”)                            Denis BÉDARD

Contrastes                                                                                                                  Denis BÉDARD

(Aria – Fanfare – Choral – Oraison – Humoresque – Tarentelle)

Voluntary in G major (from Trois Voluntaries)                                                   Denis BÉDARD

Variations on “Christus Vincit”                                                                              Denis BÉDARD

Surrey Doors Open event showcasing Maranatha’s 106 year old pipe organ @ Maranatha Canadian Reformed Church
Jun 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Demonstrations by various organists.

RCCO Members and Members’ Students Recital @ St. Mary's Kerrisdale Anglican Church
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Works by Bach, Bédard, Boëly, Buxtehude, Diemer, Eliot, Hindemith, Kim, Mendelssohn, Muffat, Nichol

Performers: Rachel Alflatt, Michael Blais, Tamar Genossar, Madelene Klassen, Cindy Leung, Cindy Huiyuan Ma, Michael Molnar, Gail Ovington, Angelique Po, John Pals, Haruyo Shikano.

Reception in the parish hall following the concert.

RCCO Vancouver Centre AGM @ St. John's Shaughnessy Anglican Church
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Open to all RCCO members.  Orgelkit presentation to follow the meeting.

Carillon Music’s Church Music Summer Institute @ Carillon Music
Aug 12 – Aug 15 all-day

Instructor: Michael Dirk

Tuesday Morning with Katherine Evans and Angelique Po @ Central Presbyterian Church
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Well-loved favourites from the trumpet and organ repertoire, including Alan Hovhaness’ “Prayer of St. Gregory”, and J.S. Bach’s “Air on the G String”.

Free parking under the church for this concert.