Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Choir
The Cathedral Choir presents a Solemn Mass at 11 am every Sunday at the Christchurch Catholic Pro-Cathedral, exploring a wide repertoire through orchestral, contemporary, polyphonic and plainsong Mass settings. Regular concerts and recording opportunities, which feature the associated Cathedral Orchestra, include an annual St John Passion and Messiah. During many overseas tours, the CBS Choir and Orchestra have performed in all the world's major cathedrals and churches.
Based at the Pro-Cathedral, 373 Manchester Street, since the earthquakes which devastated Christchurch, the choir rehearses each Wednesday from 7.30 till 9.30 pm in the adjacent CBS Music Centre, with a supper break at 8.45 pm. A wide range of ages and backgrounds is represented, united by a love of sacred music. Paid leader / soloist positions are available, together with scholarships for advanced choral, instrumental and organ performers, and details may be found under Awards. Reasonable sightreading ability is expected. Newcomers are always welcome, and will be given an opportunity to audition after a familiarisation period.
Those interested are invited to contact
the musical director, Don Whelan, phone 358 5873.
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.