From pipe organ to celtic harps, from contemporary to jazz to madrigals, from classical choral repertoire to instrumental ensembles, the rich Methodist tradition of music as worship, praise, and a source of joy continues at St. Matthew's to the present day.
ST. MATTHEW'S CHOIRS
St. Matthew's Senior Choir is comprised of 20 to 25 enthusiastic singers who provide musical leadership in worship each Sunday morning. The Choir's repertoire ranges from Renaissance to Twenty-first Century, providing one of the most eclectic choral programs in the region. At any given service one can expect to hear an anthem or motet by one of the church Masters, an inspiring descant to a familiar hymn and perhaps a newly composed concluding choral benediction. Every piece of music sung is based on the lectionary readings for the day.
The tradition of choral excellence dates from the installation of the first organ in 1873. Since that time, the Choir has performed many of the acknowledged choral masterworks including Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah (with Symphony Nova Scotia), Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Fauré’s Requiem and Rutter’s Gloria.
This 20-25 voice group meets Fridays 12:15-1:15 in the Sanctuary. This SATB choir is comprised mainly of singers working in the downtown area who gather each week for the sheer joy of singing and to shake off work-week stress. The choir is not performance oriented, although, when enough choral repertoire for a mini-concert has reached a performance level, passers-by are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy the group’s enthusiastic singing. New members are always welcome to become part of this group.
The St. Matthew’s Treblemakers is not really a choir -- it is more of an everchanging group of singers and performers which gathers on an adhoc basis to put together musical productions, fundraisers, special services, and concerts (eg. Jesus Christ Superstar, Nativity, Bethlehem @ Barrington, Cabarets, Coffee Houses). If you like to sing and/or perform in a wide variety of music styles, please be in touch! We nearly always have something on the go, and are always enthusiastic about new ideas.