Public Events at CRMSS Courses in 2023

This page describes the public events that took place during our two 2023 courses.

Details of the public events that will take place during CRMSS Ontario 2024 and CRMSS Pacific 2024 will be posted here soon.

CRMSS Pacific 2023

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High Mass at St. Helen's Parish

The musical highlight of our work at CRMSS Pacific 2023 will be performing the music at High Mass at St. Helen's Parish in Burnaby, BC on Sunday, May 7th, 2023. This will take place at 11:30am and all are welcome to attend this Roman Catholic church service.

St. Helen's Parish is located at 3860 Triumph Street, Burnaby BC, V5C 2A6

You can find a map on our contact page.

CRMSS Ontario 2023

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Final course concert

We are very excited to this year give the public concert that brings our workshop to a close at St. Paul's Cathedral in downtown London, Ontario.

This concert will take place at 4:00pm on Sunday, May 21, 2023. It will include a selection of the music we've learned over the course of the week, including chamber choir, tutti, small group, and solo music. Our repertoire theme in 2023 is "A Double Bill: 150 years of English polyphony" as we celebrate important anniversaries of both William Cornysh and William Byrd. Expect beautiful Tudor, Elizabethan, and Jacobean music, some of which you may know and some that we hope will be new to you.

The concert will last for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, which will include an intermission.

Tickets are on sale for $10 in our online ticket shop, powered by CanadaHelps.

CRMSS Ontario 2023 Public Concert Tickets

50% of ticket sales will be shared with St. Paul's Cathedral and you can find a map to the cathedral on our contact page.

Choral Vespers at St Peter's Seminary

At CRMSS 2019 and CRMSS 2022, a definite highlight for everyone was the special privilege of singing a Latin Choral Vespers service in one of London Ontario's truly magnificent and rarely enjoyed liturgical spaces - the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel at St Peter's Seminary. We are so happy to sing here again in 2023 we invite you to join us in the congregation.

The service will take place at 5:30pm on Thursday, May 18, 2023.

This date is the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, and we will be celebrating Second Vespers for this festival according to the Roman Catholic Tridentine Rite.

There is no charge to attend this public church service and all are welcome to attend. You do not need to be a Catholic in order to come to this service.

You can find a map to St. Peter's Seminary on our contact page.

Choral Evensong at St. Paul's Cathedral

We are singing Choral Evensong in English (and in the English Cathedral style) at St. Paul's Cathedral this year. Join us as we sing William Byrd's Great Service, the pinnacle of his English service music writing. We are also glad to welcome Aaron James from The Toronto Oratory to be our organist at this service.

Our Choral Evensong service takes place at 5:30pm on Friday, May 19, 2023.

There is no charge to attend and all are welcome.

There is a map to St. Paul's Cathedral on our contact page.

Daily evening Compline church services

Throughout the week, at the end of each day, we sang Compline at Huron University College. These services began at 9pm each day (Saturday, May 13 through Saturday, May 20). Our Compline service is simple and largely made up of plainsong, with a few simple motets for contrast, and is a way of bringing our day together to a peaceful close - precisely as the service was designed to do in its original monastic context. These services serve as a way for us to come together as a course and to experience the daily rhythm of liturgical music making that formed the wider context for most of the music we are studying.

Our nightly Compline services were open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

You can find directions to Huron University College on our contact page.