CBS Music Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Choir & Orchestra  

CBS Music

Cathedral of the

Blessed Sacrament

Choir & Orchestra

PO Box 10069


New Zealand





Wednesday at One

The weekly Wednesday at One Pro-Cathedral concert series continues to attract a supportive audience, and presents a variety of soloists, ensembles and orchestras. Besides experienced local professional players, opportunities are provided for advanced performers from Canterbury University, and some local secondary schools.

Music at the Catholic Pro-Cathedral

The Cathedral Choir and Orchestra sing a Solemn Choral Mass at 11 am each Sunday at the Christchurch Catholic Pro-Cathedral, where they maintain an extensive repertoire of masses and motets. New members are welcome to the 7.30 pm Wednesday evening rehearsal at the CBS Music Centre, beside the Pro-Cathedral, at 373 Manchester Street, Christchurch. Sight reading ability is expected. Those interested are invited to contact the CBS Musical Director, Don Whelan, phone 358-5873.

2020 Music

CBS Music celebrated the Beethoven anniversary year with a March 8 concert including the Eroica Symphony and part of his Christus Oratorio. The Choral Fantasy and 5th Symphony were performed during August, and his Mass in C Major at Midnight Mass. The annual Viennese concert featured Haydn's last major works: the London Symphony and Harmoniemesse.

Here is the most recent recording of the CBS Choir and Orchestra in liturgical action - recorded during the 2020 Christmas Midnight Mass: Gloria, from Beethoven's Mass in C.

2021 Music

In 2021, CBS Music continues its popular Lunch Plus Wednesday At One recital series, the Bach St John Passion at 8 pm on Good Friday, and another Christmas Messiah at 1.30 pm on Sunday, 12 December. Their concert year began on February 14, with a Strings on Sunday concert at 3 pm, including baroque and classical favourites. A Palm Sunday concert included Bach’s great solo cantata Ich Habe Genung, with international bass Paul Whelan, Haydn’s Lamentatione Symphony, and the Barber Adagio for Strings.

A concert with an American flavour was heard on Sunday, July 4 at 2 pm. Music created in the USA by Aaron Copland, Randall Thompson, Samuel Barber, Morten Lauridsen and Igor Stravinsky preceded a performance of the Mozart Solemn Vespers K339, famous for its delectable Laudate Dominum.

Another Christchurch Choral Festival was held on August 15, at 3 pm.

For their annual Haydn concert this year, the CBS choir, orchestra and soloists will perform his motet Insanae et Vanae Curae, the "Oxford" Symphony No. 92 and the Mass in Time of War, popularly known as the Paukenmesse, at 2 pm on Sunday 21 November. Any cancellation because of Covid restrictions will be posted on the CBS website -

Their Christmas Midnight Mass will be another of Haydn's liturgical masterpieces: the Mariazellermesse.