Join us on on December 14 at 7.30pm for our annual Christmas Concert: “Peace in the World” will feature the Messiah Christmas Choir with Kristian Podlacha on piano, Sarah John Conducting. The evening will include Selections from Handel’s Messiah, Rachmaninoff’s Ave Maria, Holiday carol arrangements by Healey Willan, Charles Wood and Sarah John, a Christmas Carol sing along, and readings of O.Henry’s The Gift of the Magi and other short works. This a free concert for the community to enjoy. 240 Avenue Road, Toronto.
Music plays an important role in the life of the Church of the Messiah. Our music-making incorporates a wide variety of music from around the globe. Key to our music is being rooted in the tradition of Anglican music, not just choral music, but congregational music. Music is missional at Messiah, striving to invite all into song, proclaiming God’s kingdom among us.
On Sundays and major feast days, our music is drawn from our hymnal, Common Praise, and from other sources. We include music from traditions within our Anglican Communion churches. Unique to our music ministry is the use of paperless music, where our community can join in spontaneous music making and harmony. Our Sunday Eucharist is a sung service with an emphasis on a sung (congregational) mass setting, the singing of the psalm using various methods of proclaiming the psalms, the oldest hymn book of the Church. Our music invites all to participate, not limiting it by constant change of music, but using service music for an entire season.
Our Casavant pipe organ sounds forth on Sundays with the sounds of organ repertoire from Bach to modern organ music (sometimes jazz). We have a wonderful grand piano in our sanctuary which we use on many occasions.
Our choir’s repertoire is steeped in the Anglican music tradition. That doesn’t mean we are boring or static. Sometimes we include music from
the Taizé and Iona Communities, and music from the emerging church tradition. Throughout the church year, we have sung music from Pakistan (in Urdu), celebrated Black History Month (February) with spirituals and gospel songs, and kept Christmas with carols from sixteenth century Spain and baroque France. We have an informal choir (without choir robes, except feast days) on Sundays, but with formal rehearsals each Thursday at 7:00 p.m.. Highlights of our music ministry include the annual Christmas concert, which takes the form of a Festival of Readings and Music; and the celebration of full choral Holy Week and Easter liturgies.
Our choir is welcoming additional members of all voice types. We are enthusiastically looking to share out gifts with new members who are looking for a place to sing, worship, and have fun. The ability to read music is an asset but is not mandatory.