Welcome to the Cape Breton Chorale website!

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The Cape Breton Chorale has been thrilling audiences since its formation over thirty years ago. The Chorale has given more than 200 performances throughout the Maritimes, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

The Chorale has shared the stage with a variety of musical stars, ranging from Celine Dion to Rita MacNeil and has performed before numerous visiting dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II.


Audition for the Cape Breton Chorale!

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The Cape Breton Chorale turns 48 this year! The 2021-2022 season will begin Thursday September 2, 2021 and continue until April 30, 2022*

We welcome auditions from singers of any experience level who find that they fit most of the following criteria:

• Some experience singing harmony, either in choral settings or in productions.
• Understanding of some basics of vocal technique or demonstrated vocal confidence in
your audition performance.
• Openness to learning different styles of music in an ensemble setting.

Assets to the Chorale include:

• Commitment to rehearsals and performances.
• Willingness to study and learn concert music outside of rehearsal – independently or with
rehearsal aids.
• Openness to learning new skills and expanding upon existing skills (vocal, aural, rhythm,
reading, movement).

For your Cape Breton Chorale audition:

• We'll send you a short choral excerpt to learn in advance of the audition.
• Please prepare one or two selections showcasing your best performance.
• An accompanist will be provided, or you may bring your own accompanist.
• We will work with you in reading a passage of music, and test your aural skills. We will also check your range with some simple vocal patterns

Auditions are in Sydney, NS, between August 16 and September 1, 2021.

Please contact us to arrange an audition!

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Phone – 902 968 9041 


We are looking for tenors and basses in particular. We may also audition altos.

Book your audition early so that you have time to prepare!

* The Chorale continues to monitor changes in COVID-19 restrictions for singing safely in groups. If necessary, we provide singing masks to our members, and follow well-researched protocols for singing with social distancing.

Spotlight on the Chorale

The Cape Breton Chorale was recently highlighted by the Nova Scotia Choral Federation. We feel very lucky to have been able to rehearse safely together for much of this season. Please read the article for the full story of our #returntosinging.




Merry Christmas From The Chorale

Cape Breton Chorale, 2020 Christmas Card Video

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to friends and family in Cape Breton and beyond, and to our audience members at home and abroad.

Ryan Billington, Director
Paula Jane Francis, Piano 

I'll Be Home for Christmas - Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, arranged by Steve Zegree

The Gift - Lyrics by Tony Vincent Isaacs, arranged by Bob Chilcott

Candlelight Carol - John Rutter

Recorded December 10, 2020, New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Please consider donating to the Cape Breton Chorale . Simply click on the Donate Now button. You may make a one time or regular donation. We are also searchable on the Canada Helps website at https://www.canadahelps.org. Canada Helps partners with charitable organizations to make giving safe and secure. 

We give thanks to:
St. Margeurite Bourgeoys Parish, Sydney 
Fr. Bill Burke
Calvin United Church, New Waterford
Rev. Duncan Roach 
Shaun Dieltgens
Richard MacAulay
Adam Young 

I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Lyrics James Gannon & Music Walter Kent

I'll be home for Christmas;
You can count on me.
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree.

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love-light gleams.
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams.

The Gift
Bob Chilcott 

A gift we deliver, a gift we receive...

In the gift we deliver, in the gift we receive,
is the living spirit Mary did conceive,
the royal gift of love incandescent flame
Is given to all mankind in His name.

Joy, joy, it is our true delight
To give and receive on this wondrous night.
A boy child to Mary is born
And His light will shine on beyond the dawn.

Candlelight Carol 
John Rutter 

How do you capture the wind on the water?
How do you count all the stars in the sky?
How can you measure the love of a mother?
Or how can you write down a baby's first cry?

Candlelight, angel light, firelight and star-glow
Shine on his cradle till breaking of dawn
Gloria! Gloria in excelsis deo
Angels are singing; the Christ child is born

Shepherds and wise men will kneel and adore him
Seraphim round him their vigil will keep
Nations proclaim him their Lord and their Saviour
But Mary will hold him and sing him to sleep

Candlelight, angel light, firelight and star-glow
Shine on his cradle till breaking of dawn
Gloria! Gloria in excelsis deo
Angels are singing; the Christ child is born

Find him at Bethlehem laid in a manger
Christ our Redeemer asleep in the hay
Godhead incarnate and hope of salvation
A child with his mother that first Christmas Day

Candlelight, angel light, firelight and star-glow
Shine on his cradle till breaking of dawn
Gloria! Gloria in excelsis deo

Angels are singing; the Christ child is born