An April Evening

thumb_12poster3aw.jpgThere is little so sublime as the freshness of an April evening. With the passing of winter, spring once again brings us promises of renewal and rebirth. Trees and flowers bloom, animals give birth, and our hearts are filled with hope, peace, and joy that life does go on.

The Cape Breton Chorale gave musical voice to these sentiments on Sunday April 15th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church on Bentinck Street in Sydney. The program of sacred and secular music was produced by Sister Rita Clare who shared the baton with Rosemary McGhee. Paula Jane Francis provided organ and piano accompaniment.

For this presentation, the Chorale had as its guests the piano duo of Katherine Fraser and Emily Hatcher, and the woodwind trio All Sorts Consort (Laurie Gorman, clarinet; Richard MacAulay, flute; and Barb Stetter, oboe)

Sounds of Christmas


The Cape Breton Chorale once again presented its traditionalChristmas concert on Sunday, December 4, 2011, at St. Andrew's United Church, Bentinck Street, Sydney, NS.Entitled "Sounds of Christmas", the music was an eclectic choral introduction to the holiday seasonchosen to engage the audience in a broad emotional spectrum. The program was designed to evoke not only inspiration and meditation but also fond remembrances of Christmases past and joyful celebration of continuing blessings of family and friends. Several opportunities for audience singalong participation were included.

The program was produced by Sister Rita Clare.The Chorale was under the direction of Rosemary McGhee with Paula Jane Francis providing organ and piano accompaniment .

For this presentation, the Chorale was joined by the Seton Elementary School Choir directed and accompanied, respectively, by Chorale members Paula Jane Francis and Mary Jane Ross. The program also included selections by the woodwind trio All Sorts Consort.

In Joyful Song


The Cape Breton Chorale's spring program offered a full spectrum of colors from songs of praise to arrangements of folk songs and nursery rhymes. It included songs of love, a medley of well known songs by Allister MacGillivary, instrumental selections and the resounding Freedom Trilogy by Paul Halley, exploring the extensive range of the Chorale’s repertoire.

The joy of Easter and the awakening of spring were celebrated in John Rutter's Praise Ye the Lord, Gustav Holst's Psalm 148 and the well known Anthem for Spring from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana. The program moved through much-loved songs like Loch Lomond and The Turtle Dove to songs by Gordon Lightfoot and Andrew Lloyd Webber and evoked memories of childhood in whimsical arrangements of Old MacDonald, Teddy Bears' Picnic and other childhood favorites.

The concert proceeds went to the Sister Rita Clare Music Scholarship fund. The scholarship is awarded annually to assist a secondary school student from the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board who is planning to pursue studies in music or music education at a recognized post-secondary institute.

Harvest Celebration

November 6 and 7, 2010

thumb_1011PosterforWeb.jpgFurthering its commitment to raise funds in support of Music Therapy for Hospice and Palliative Care at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, the Chorale entertained audiences with a casual program of both choral and solo music, including show tunes, pop songs, and a singalong.

Chorale Members served tea, coffee, and homemade squares and tea biscuits/jam to the audience, who also had a chance to win lovely door prizes.

The two performances: Saturday evening, November 6th at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday afternoon, November 7th at 2:30 p.m. were very well attended - this concert format continuing to be extremely popular.

Our Musical Heritage



This year the Chorale explored some of the many facets of Our Musical Heritage (from Mozart to Stan Rogers) which enrich our cultural lives here in Cape Breton. The program began with Mozart’s Mass in C Major, an energetic composition written to celebrate the joy of Easter Sunday. From this European classic the musical journey continued with selections which reflect the indigenous Native cultures, and those of the Scottish, Irish, and Black immigrants who settled here. It is no surprise that, with such a rich and varied background of music, Cape Breton is producing songwriters today that are worthy of a place in the national and international music scene, and the concert journey ended “on that note”!