On June 11 and 12, 2011 the choir celebrated 25 years of Gordon Johnston's leadership as organist and choirmaster. The weekend included a gala dinner and a concert by the reunion choir. Here are three highlights from that concert:
Petite et Accipietis by Michael Haydn
This festive motet would have been sung as a gradual in the cathedral of Salzburg, where Haydn was kappelmeister.
I Waited for the Lord by Felix Mendelssohn
Taken from Mendelssohn's Second Symphony (the "Lobgesang"), this features soprano soloists Ashley Cross and Carli Disano.
Sweet Hour of Prayer arr. Gordon Johnston
This arrangement of an old gospel song for choir and orchestra shows Gordon's soft evangelical roots.
... and, more recently, one of the most beautiful anthems around
Ecce panis angelorum (Alexandre Guilmant)
for tenor, soprano and chorus, with organ, harp and violin -- doesn't that sound delicious!
For Lent 1, 2012 we sang a beautiful motet by a Canadian composer
O Lord, from whom all good things do come (Gerald Bales)
Gerald was a former professor of composition at the University of Ottawa, and organist of St Matthias Church