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Church Musician

Neil Cockburn is Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary, Canada. He prepares and directs four sections of the cathedral choir for all sung services, and also performs the majority of organ music for worship. Under his direction are an Organ Scholar, up to six vocal Section Leads, and up to two Choral Scholars.

The schedule of sung services is usually:
  • Sunday morning 10.30am Sung Eucharist
  • Sunday afternoon 4.30pm Choral Evensong (on the 3rd Sunday of the month from September through to June, with occasional exceptions according to where Easter falls)
  • Thursday evening 6.15pm Sung Vespers (October to March - predominantly sung to plainchant)

Monthly Music List

October 2017
September 2017
June 2017

An archive of music lists is available on the cathedral web site.

The Cathedral Choir

Rehearsals take place on Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 pm. The Cathedral Choir sings services each Sunday morning, plus monthly Choral Evensong, and additional services according to the church calendar.

  • Sings all the major cathedral services with music, plus Diocesan Ordinations and Installations
  • Performs an average of nine choral anthems each month, plus evening canticles, choral responses, choral Mass movements, psalms, and hymns with descants
  • Known for its pure sound, particularly suited to the Anglican repertoire, and especially the works of the late Renaissance and Baroque
  • Repertoire ranges from the medieval period (chant) to the present day; music lists can be viewed here
  • Has undertaken numerous tours to sing in English Cathedrals, most recently in 2016 (Ely) and 2013 (Exeter)
  • Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass (SATB) repertoire – often with divided voices up to SSAATTBB
  • Includes paid Section Lead singers as well as volunteers (approximately 30 members in total)
  • Entry by audition, and annual progress meetings thereafter

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Gaudeamus

Rehearsals take place on Mondays from 6:15-7:15 pm. Gaudeamus sings services twice a month with the Cathedral Choir.

  • A new section of the cathedral choirs beginning in September 2017
  • Sings an average of two services a month with the cathedral choir: usually one Sunday morning service, and Choral Evensong
  • Follows the Voice for Life curriculum of the Royal School of Church Music, including training in musical notation, music theory, and sight-singing
  • SATB repertoire
  • Lesser time commitment than the cathedral choir
  • Entry by informal audition, and annual progress meetings thereafter

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Vespers Schola

Rehearsals take place on Thursdays from 5:30-6:40 pm. The Vespers Schola sings the service of Candlelight Vespers on Thursdays at 6:15 pm from October through to March. Rehearsals begin in September in preparation for the first service of the season.

  • Open to all voice types
  • Largely Gregorian Chant repertoire (unison); occasional SATB repertoire
  • Entry by informal audition, and annual progress meetings thereafter
  • A small group of between 6 and 10 singers each week

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Chorus Angelorum

Rehearsals take place on Thursdays from 9:30-10 pm. Chorus Angelorum has no fixed regular service schedule, and sings on special occasions as necessary; we anticipate that Chorus Angelorum will participate in special services once or twice a month.

  • A new section of the cathedral choirs beginning in September 2017
  • Open to sopranos and altos
  • Largely Gregorian Chant repertoire; some early polyphony; occasional SA repertoire
  • Entry by informal audition, and annual progress meetings thereafter
  • A small group of between 6 and 10 singers each week

Level: Intermediate to Advanced