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The following is a sample of activities from 2013-14 Halifax Centre:

Sun. March 3rd, 7:30pm – Hymn Fest 2013 is at St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington St,  Sunday March 3rd, 7:30 pm. All welcome, freewill offering.

POSTER-Hymn Fest 2013

Sunday, April 14 at 7 pm Gala Organ Concert in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Letourneau organ at St.George’s (Round) Church. Organist Garth MacPhee will perform works by Buxtehude, Bach, Liszt and Duruflé,  joined by Tempest Baroque Orchestra, led by David Greenberg. Tickets are $100 for patrons, $20 regular and $15 for students, and may be purchased at the Parish Office and online by visiting the Parish website (www.roundchurch.ca).  This special celebration of the organ includes the addition of a new stop, the zimbelstern, which was used for the first time at the Easter Vigil this year. Proceeds will go to the Friends of St George’s Society, in support of the music programme of the parish.  A reception will follow the concert.
This concert will be preceded by an Orgel Probe at 6 pm, at which time Garth will give a tour of the instrument, inside and out.

Fri. Apri 19th, 7pm, Rockingham United Church, 12 Flamingo Drive, Halifax Organ Concert by Dr David Peters:  From Bach to Gospel: Music to Raise the Roof”, Admission: $15 per person (full time students: $5) 902-443-2947 events@rockinghamunited.org

Sat. April 20th, 9:30amDavid Peters’ lecture on ‘Historic Organs of Newfoundland’ will be given at Bethany United Church, 7171 Clinton Av. (next to the Rotary) on the morning of Saturday April 20th, 9:30ish – 11 AM. Free for RCCO  members and students, non-members donation at door.

Sat. April 27th 7:30 pm Bethany United and Scotia Brass in Performance. The Bethany United Parish Choir and the Scotia Brass under the direction of James Williams performing choral selections for the Season of Easter. Audience members will also have the opportunity to sing majestic hymn arrangements accompanied by the 16 piece brass ensemble along with organ. The concert will also feature organists Shawn Whynot and Patrick Salah. General Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door and at the church office by calling 902-455-0521. www.bethanyunitedchurch.ca.

 Halifax Centre Events

 November and December 2013

 An “Evening with a Colleague” was provided on Monday 18th November by our member Hugh Creighton, at First Baptist Church, Halifax. With wit and insight, Hugh discussed organs he has encountered during his extensive travels within Canada and abroad, comparing and contrasting various styles of organ building and playing.

The annual Halifax RCCO Carolfest reverted to All Saints’ Cathedral, Halifax on Monday 2nd December, following the completion of renovations. A large congregation, welcomed by Lynette Wahlstrom, current President of the Centre, enjoyed organ preludes and enthusiastically sang several hymns and carols, backed by a massed choir assembled from various Halifax churches. Further items sung by this choir were supplemented by anthems from two church choirs: First Baptist and St David’s Presbyterian. Guest harpist Katherine Fitch Loza accompanied several choral items and played during the Offertory. Prayers and readings were offered by the Reverend Dr Helen Ryding, Chaplain to the Centre. Conductors and organists were RCCO members: Tristan Cleveland-Thompson, Freeman Dryden, Ray Grant, John Hudson (host organist), Margaret Machum, Skippy Mardon, Kevin Parks, Patrick Salah, Robert Summerby-Murray, Lynette Wahlstrom, Shawn Whynot and Douglas Wiseman.

 

Submitted by John Walter

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Monday Feb. 17th, 2014 7:00-8:30 pm St. George’s Round Church, 2222 Brunswick

Hymn workshop: Garth Macphee, presenter.

Describing hymn accompaniment as the church musicians’ fundamental task
whose complexity and depth is often underestimated and neglected,
Garth MacPhee gave a well-thought out presentation on this skill to members
of the Halifax Centre on Monday 17 February 2014 at St George’s Round Church
assisted by John Walter, Freeman Dryden and Malcolm Bradley. Emphasizing the
importance of establishing and maintaining the tempo and pulsation Garth
also worked with his three volunteers on articulation and phrasing,
registration, introductions and special effects.

James Burchill
18 February 2014

HALIFAX CENTRE, RCCO

A highlight of this year’s Halifax Centre season was the two-day visit of
David Briggs. His well-attended organ recital at the Cathedral Church of All
Saints on Friday 9 May 2014, when he played works by J. S. Bach, Joseph
Haydn, David Briggs, César Franck, Paul Dukas and Gustav Mahler (arranged by
David Briggs), interspersed with information and humour, concluded with a
continuous four-movement improvisation which made good use of the themes
suggested by John Hudson: “Abide with me” and “O Canada”. Saturday at First
Baptist Church included two workshops on French organ music: in the first Mr
Briggs discussed its history and played representative examples, and in the
second, assisted by organists Patrick Salah and Garth MacPhee, he made
suggestions for performance. In the evening at United Memorial Church David
Briggs was the guest speaker at the Centre’s Clergy-Organist dinner.

James Burchill
12 May 2014

 

David Briggs Concert 7:30 pm ~ Friday, May 9, 2014 Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Martello
Guest Organist David Briggs will present a concert of organ music.
Tickets $20 regular/ $10 seniors, RCCO members and students/ 12 & under free
http://www.david-briggs.org

David Briggs Workshop & Masterclass 10-12 – 2-4 ~ Saturday, May 10, 2014, First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford

Open to public: $25 full day, $15 half day, RCCO members free
David Briggs will present a workshop on French Organ music 10 am-12 noon, followed by masterclass, 2-4 pm.
First Baptist Church Halifax, 1300 Oxford
Sat. May 10th, 6 pm Clergy/Organist dinner , United Memorial Church, 5375 Kaye St.  Guest speaker: David Briggs
Tickets $15 per person, contact <marg.machum@bellaliant.net>
  Friday 19 September 2014 at First Baptist Church (Host Organist Lynette
Wahlstrom) Freeman Dryden and Claude Hicks gave an interesting talk helped
by Power Point photos on organs either junked, threatened, or transplanted
because of closure, demolition or threat of same of their churches. Freeman
and Claude deserve much credit for the pipe organs they have managed to
save.  Submitted by James Burchill 22 September 2014.

 

Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza  Sun. Oct. 5th, 2014 12:30-1:30 pm First Baptist Church Halifax, 1300 Oxford

An interactive and educational event for children, ages 7-14, was led by Kevin Parks, and hosted by FBC Halifax’s Lynette Wahlstrom. Two enthusiastic groups of youth, ages 11-16, and 5-10, were introduced to the ranks and swells of the pipe organ, with a chance to play the 3-manual Casavant as well.  Pizza was enjoyed by all!

 

 Phantoms of the Pipes

With special guests The Halifax Grammar Prep School Choir, directed by Shawn Whynot, and Walter Kemp as Master of Ceremonies, the seventeenth annual Phantoms of the Pipes was held on Saturday, 25 October 2014 at Fort Massey United Church, Simon Abbott, host organist. Organised by Simon Abbott and John Walter the performers, in addition to the Grammar School choir and the two organisers, included RCCO members Alan Fraser, Erin Hansen, Margaret Machum, Lynette Wahlstrom, Shawn Whynot and David Wilson; guest performers included Leah Collins-Lipsett, organ; Kevin Robarts, piano; Angus McDonald, Jacqueline Quackenbush, Benjamin Shaw and Patrick Simms, singers. A collection in aid of the David MacDonald Scholarship Fund was received and the well-attended event was followed by a reception.

RCCO 2014 Carolfest
An unseasonably warm evening encouraged an excellent turnout for the annual
RCCO Carol Fest held at the Cathedral Church of All Saints on 1 December
2014. Featured were a commissioned carol by Michael Robson who conducted the
performance, and the choir of the Cathedral Church of All Saints conducted
by their Interim Choir Director, Eszter Horvath. The prelude was performed
by Alan Fraser with soprano Anita Simmons-Clancy, David Wilson, and Skippy
Mardon, and the postlude by Robert Summerby-Murray; the prayers and readings
were given by the Centre Chaplain, The Revd Dr Helen Ryding, and the welcome
by centre president Lynette Wahlstrom. Members and guests who performed as
conductors and organists included Robert Summerby-Murray, Ray Grant, Lynette
Wahlstrom, Shawn Whynot, Eszter Horvath, Margaret Machum, Patrick Salah,
James Burchill, and Allison Kearns playing the Bodhran drum.

Submitted by James Burchill
4 December 2014

 

Events 2015

          HALIFAX CENTRE, RCCO

Mon. Feb. 9th, 2015  A Memorial service at St. Luke’s Anglican in Dartmouth was held for honoured colleague,  Doug Wiseman. Many of you will remember Doug as he was regional director for the Atlantic for many years and subsequently chair of the College Development Fund.  The following obituary appeared in the Chronicle Herald:

Wiseman, Douglas Frank – 74, passed away suddenly at home February 5, 2015. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Gordon & Edith (Kline) Wiseman. Doug spent 33 years as Stores Manager of the Biology department of Dalhousie University. But his true calling was a church organist & choir director. At the age of 16, he became organist of Emanuel Anglican Church, Spryfield & subsequently served at Oxford Street Untied Church, St. George’s Anglican Church, St. John’s Anglican, Stairs United, and Emmanuel Anglican Dartmouth. For the past 25 years. He was director of music & Organist at St. Luke’s Anglican Church Dartmouth. In 2010, Doug was chosen to direct the mass choir for the 300th anniversary of continuous worship in the Anglican Dioceses of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island. Doug was a Lay Reader in the Anglican Church. He was a long-time member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, achieved a level of Colleague. He was chair of the Halifax Center of the RCCO for 6 years.

— Evening with a Colleague Feb. 9th, 2015
RCCO members and interested folk from Fort Massey United Church met at First
Baptist Church on Monday 9 February for a talk with photographs by Leah
Collins-Lipsett and Simon Abbott, chief musicians at Fort Massey, on their
self-directed organ tour of Europe in Summer 2014.

You can follow their blog on https://organsafari.wordpress.com/category/podcast/

James Burchill
10 February 2015

Mar. 9th, 2015 Hymn workshop: Garth Macphee, presenter.

Describing hymn accompaniment as the church musicians’ fundamental task
whose complexity and depth is often underestimated and neglected,
Garth MacPhee gave a well-thought out presentation on this skill to members
of the Halifax Centre at St George’s Round Church. Emphasizing the
importance of establishing and maintaining the tempo and pulsation Garth
also worked with his three volunteers on articulation and phrasing,
registration, introductions and special effects.

10 am May 1, 2015   Workshop Employee/Employer Relationships – Fred Graham -RCCO National Professional Support Rep.

An interactive presentation by our RCCO National Representative on Professional Support.

Please invite your Music Committees and Worship Leaders

10 am -noon, First Baptist Church Halifax, 1300 Oxford

Contact Kevin Parks <joyfulnoise@hfx.eastlink.ca> for more information

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 Fri. May 8th, 2015   Wesley Warren Lecture Demonstration

First Baptist Church Halifax, 1300 Oxford

7-9 Lecture demonstration: public welcome $10, RCCO members free

Sat. May 9, 2015    7:30 pm – Wesley Warren Recital – the music of Herbert Howells

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Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Martello

HALIFAX CENTRE, RCCO, 8 – 9 May 2015

The visit of Travelling Clinician, Wesley Warren, to Halifax on May 8 – 9
began with a workshop on Herbert Howells, the man and his organ music, at
First Baptist Church (host organist Lynette Wahlstrom) on Friday evening.
The following evening his organ recital at the Cathedral Church of All
Saints (host organist James Burchill) in addition to Herbert Howells
included music by Johann Scheidemann, Dietrich Buxtehude, J.S.Bach, Felix
Mendelssohn, César Franck, and Henri Mulet.

Submitted by James Burchill
10 May 2015

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Recital by Dr Sharon Pond
A lunchtime recital by Dr Sharon Pond, Associate Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton NB, opened the Halifax RCCO Centre’s 2015/16 season on Wednesday 16th September. Playing the 4-manual Casavant organ at St Matthew’s United Church, Halifax, Dr Pond treated an appreciative audience to a demanding selection of pieces by Bach, Cernohorsky, Dupre, Schumann and Durufle.

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ORGAN TECHNOLOGY for the 21st CENTURY
Friday and Saturday, 16/17 October   at FBC Halifax, 1300 Oxford
Guest Speaker, James Chubb
Organist and Composer with a
30-year career in organ technology

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16th, 7:30-9:00  at FBC Halifax, 1300 Oxford, Parlour 3rd floor
A general talk on understanding organ-related technology. Of interest to all those involved in church music.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th, 10:00-12:00  at FBC Halifax, 1300 Oxford, Sanctuary
Details on organ design and technology including sound-generation, audio and control systems, MIDI, and Hauptwerk.

MEALS
Friday Dinner
Harvest Supper at FBC, 5:30. Tickets $15.00
Call Church Office at (902)422-5203 to reserve a ticket

Saturday Lunch: Daryll’s Restaurant
ORGAN CRAWL
Saturday, 17 October, 1:30-4:00
1:30. Fort Massey United Church
2:20. Fairview United Church
3:10. Bethany United Church

 

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Carolfest, December 7, 2015.

A large audience attended the Anglican Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, for the annual Halifax RCCO Carolfest. The evening commenced with an organ recital, followed by massed choir anthems and congregational carols and hymns, interspersed with readings. Participant organists and conductors were Paul Halley (host organist), Tristan Cleveland-Thompson, Freeman Dryden, Ray Grant, Kevin Parks, Skippy Mardon, Robert Summerby-Murray, Margaret Machum, Lynette Wahlstrom, John Walter, David Wilson, Shawn Whynot, Pierre Perron and Nick Veltmeyer.  Sarah Krawieck played the trumpet. Choir members from several churches in the Halifax region and beyond combined for the massed choir. Readings were undertaken by Charlotte Cochrane, Maureen Yeats, Tingdzin Otro and Susan Drain, and the Cathedral Dean, the Very Reverend Paul Smith, presided. Proceeds after expenses were devoted to RCCO initiatives and programs.

 

Hymn-Fest, February 21, 2016.

To honour the 150th Anniversary of St Mark’s Anglican Church, Halifax, members of the Halifax RCCO Centre led a festival of hymns at the church. An unusual feature of the event was the “appearance” of the authors of the hymns (as costumed “personages” played by members of St Mark’s), who explained the circumstances surrounding the composition and inspiration of the words, most of which originated in the 19th century. Organists and conductors who participated were Freeman Dryden (host), Kate Jones, Margaret Machum, Skippy Mardon, Matthew Fraser, John Walter and Wayne Rogers. Brass support was provided by Sarah Krawieck (trumpet) and Trevor Hannon (trombone). The Rector of St Mark’s, the Reverend John Morell, presided.

 

Evening with a Colleague, April 11, 2016

Shawn Whynot presented a talk on the musical, textual and liturgical aspects of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem Mass. The event was held at Bethany United Church, Halifax, and was followed by refreshments and discussion, the audience comprising both members and guests.

 

Organ Rescue Symposium, May 2, 2016

This event, hosted by Lynette Wahlstrom at First Baptist Church, commenced with short talks by Freeman Dryden, James Chubb, Andrew Barss and Colin Walsh, followed by discussion. Various factors affecting the survival and retention of pipe organs were considered, including the cultivation of an appreciative audience for organ music, the identification of organs worthy of preservation, the encouragement of churches to recognize the value of their instruments and the location of storage space for organs in transition. Details of some local successes were presented.

 

Submitted by John Walter

 

Fall 2016

  • Halifax Centre News October 2016
    Evening with a colleague: Update on the Kingston Convention
    Halifax Centre events for the 2016/17 season commenced with a presentation by Centre President Margaret Machum on October 3
    rd, 2016 at First Baptist Church, Halifax. Margaret discussed her attendance at the Kingston RCCO Convention in July, 2016, as well as the Summer Institute of Church Music in Whitby, Ontario, and the
    2016 Convention of the American Institute of Organbuilders in Boston, Massachusetts in August. Phantoms of the Pipes: This annual Hallowe’en event was again held amid the mid-Victorian Gothic Revival
    gloom of Fort Massey United Church, Halifax, on October 28
    th , 2016. Captain Angus McDonald was guest MC. Organ works by Britten, Bach (2), Elgar, and Bédard (2) were played by RCCO Halifax Centre Organists Hugh Creighton, Kate Jones, Lynette Wahlstrom, John Walter and David Wilson. Special guests, the Halifax All-City Youth
    Honour Choir, conducted by Krista Vincent and accompanied by Pamela Burton, gave polished renditions of songs by Brian Tate, Doreen Rao and John Williams. Guest soprano Natalie Thimot, accompanied by Lynette Wahlstrom, artfully presented songs by John Woods Drake and Samuel Barber. Despite the rain, a large and appreciative audience gathered and over $1,100 (after expenses) was raised for the David
    MacDonald Scholarship fund, which provides lessons for aspiring organists.
    Silent Movie:
    Before a full house, Halifax Centre member Shawn Whynot continued another Hallowe’en tradition on October 29 th , 2016 at Bethany United Church, with his entertaining organ accompaniment to a scary silent movie “The Cat and the Canary”. This event has been held for many years and is proof that the organ still has wide appeal when in capable hands.

 

RCCO Halifax Carolfest 2016 Archive: Margaret Machum, President’s Welcome:

Welcome to Carolfest 2016. As President of the Halifax Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, I welcome you to this annual celebration of the Advent and Christmas seasons. How nice it is we can gather at this time of year when we pause to reflect on past, present, and future, and to consider and express our gratitude for family, friends, and colleagues. – to reflect on our accomplishments individually and as an organization in these challenging times  – to reflect on the happiness and inspiration we bring to our congregations through our work as church musicians  – to think about what lies ahead and how we can help one another cope with the challenges. As we ponder all these things, let us join together to share some lovely Christmas music with one another. We thank you for coming. We appreciate your support. Let us celebrate the joys of Christmas in music and word.

Spoken by Margaret Machum, Dec. 5th, 2016 Cathedral Church of All Saints

 

Organ recital: Nicholas Veltmeyer, Organist of Christ Church Dartmouth and Sub-Organist of the University of King’s College, Halifax, played a recital of Lenten music at St James’ Anglican Church, Halifax on Monday, March 13th 2017. An appreciative audience was treated to works by Brahms and J.S. Bach, and to a novel improvisation on Lenten Prose, in which the performer added a genuine Vox Humana (his own) to the resources of the 1989 Létourneau tracker-action organ.  The recital concluded with Bach’s famous variations on “Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig”, well-chosen to display the versatility of the instrument.

Choral Reading, Halifax RCCO Centre:On Monday, January 9th 2017 a Choral Reading was conducted by Halifax member Tristan Cleveland-Thompson at Fort Massey United Church, where he was recently appointed Organist and Music Director. The anthems presented were new to most of those present, being accessible contemporary works by Canadian composers Kathleen Singer (Benediction), Paul Halley (Infinite Light), an arrangement by Jeff Enns of a song by Brown, Emerson and Morrison, (Song of the Land) and an anthem in Spanish by American composer Kinley Lange (Esto les Digo). Members agreed that all these works deserved a place in their choirs’ repertoires.

7:00 pm, Fri. May 12th, 2017  Exploring the Organ

9-4, Sat. May 13th

First Baptist Church Halifax, 1330 Oxford

A mini-conference led by James Chubb, Andrew Barss, and Margaret Machum is to be held May 12-13, 2017 in Halifax. Entitled Saving the Organ: Restoring Organ Popularity in the Twenty-First Century, the concept of the conference is to bring together as many people as possible from all facets of the organ world, including organists, organ builders, technicians, teachers, clergy,
financial people, to help establish a new industry-wide framework and plan for building the environment for the success of the organ in the 21st century.
The mini-conference will take place Friday evening, May 12, and all day Saturday, May 13, 2017. The schedule includes an introduction to the conference and keynote speaker on Friday evening with
workshops by three others on Sound and Architecture, Economics, and Priorities on Saturday morning and afternoon. The final session will be a general discussion with the leaders and special guests on the
issues and the development of plans for moving forward.
For those who wish to stay for Sunday, a church service with strong use of the organ is being planned, followed by lunch at a local restaurant, and then a visit to two churches with interesting environments to assess and discuss.

 

September 23 2017 Michael Capon Organ Recital

Michael Capon-Announcement 

RCCO’s 2017 Traveling Clinician, Michael Capon, Director of Music – St. George’s Anglican Cathedral in Kingston, Ontario.

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Friday, Sept. 22nd, 2017  7-9 pm  St. Andrew’s United Church, 6036 Coburg

“Sacred Choral Music” featuring readings of Canadian music with Michael Capon, our 2017 RCCO Traveling Clinician.

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Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 2017 9-11:30 am  St. Andrew’s United Church

“Leading Hymns and Songs at the Organ” with Michael Capon:

This workshop will explore techniques for creative leadership of congregational singing from the pipe organ, including introductions,verse transition, registrations, revoicing, chording and re-harmonization.

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Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 2017 2 pm 

Michael Capon in Concert, 

Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Lane