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Music for a Sacred Space

Wed, March 8th 7:30 PM - 9:30 pm

Voices and musicians unite from choirs and ensembles across Victoria! Set in the ambient harmonic space of Christ Church Cathedral, this concert creates unique soundscapes that surround the audience in an hypnotic concert experience.

The concert brings together several of Victoria’s finest choirs, plus a wide variety of instrumentalists, to perform three beautiful and immersive musical works originally written by three Canadian composers especially for this unique and inspiring building.

It’s a very special opportunity to experience innovative and engaging music as it resonates throughout every corner of this magnificent architectural space.  The performers will be stationed (and in some cases moving) all around you and above you, appearing and disappearing as the music weaves its spell.

Tickets are $15 and are available here or at the door.

Festival passes are $25 and include admission to this concert and Soundscapes and Landscapes on March 11.

Alpha and Omega is one of three works commissioned by Christ Church Cathedral from Toronto composer Stephanie Martin, who has strong Victoria connections.  It was premiered in October, 2015 at the installation of the current Dean of the Cathedral.  Inspired by the great New Jerusalem Window at the east end of the building, it’s scored for two vocal soloists and the Cathedral Choir, accompanied by three organs.

Isbjorn!, by Victoria’s own Nicholas Fairbank, was first heard in November, 2013.  Inspired by a trip the composer made to the Arctic, this evocative multi-movement work features three choirs – CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble Laude and Sequoia Women’s Ensemble – plus four vocal soloists, piano and percussion.

Nicholas Piper, a former Cathedral choral scholar now based in Ottawa, wrote Locus Iste, a liturgical concert work, in 2010, as part of his Master of Music degree at U Vic.  It was premiered in March of that year, and went on to win the Grand Prize in the National SOCAN Awards for Young Composers.  We will hear it performed by the University of Victoria Chamber Choir, with an instrumental ensemble comprised of some of U Vic’s finest music students.

This very special program has been curated by the Victoria Symphony’s composer in residence, Jared Miller, who says:  “Contrary to a typical concert experience, the three pieces are not simply presented on a stage in front of you.  Rather, the musicians and choirs will surround the audience, engulfing you in a sea of unique soundscapes that transform, morph and move throughout the expanse of this miraculous cathedral.”



Susan Young, Conductor
Alex Jang, Conductor
Nicholas Fairbank, Conductor
Members of Capriccio, Ensemble Laude and Sequoia Women's Ensemble,
University of Victoria Chamber Singers,
Current Students and Recent Graduates of UVic's School of Music,
Carolyn Howe, Soprano
Hannah Mitchell, Contralto
John Doughty, Tenor
Paul Boughen, Bass
Braden Young, Piano
Brandon Chow, Percussion


March 8, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm



Christ Church Cathedral
911 Quadra
Victoria, British Columbia V8V 3G8 Canada