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. Scholarships and awards are available to suitable applicants. 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 begins on February 14, with a Strings on Sunday concert at 3 pm, including baroque and classical favourites. The usual Lenten concert, on Palm Sunday, 28 March at 3 pm, will include Bach’s great solo cantata Ich Habe Genung, with international bass Paul Whelan, and Haydn’s Lamentatione Symphony.

The Diocesan Feast Day of St John The Baptist in June will be commemorated on 20 June, at 2 pm, by a first Christchurch performance of Bach’s St John Cantata: Freue Dich (Be Joyful, Ransomed Flock), coupled with the Mozart Solemn Vespers K.339. Another Christchurch Choral Festival is planned for August 15, at 3 pm.

In place of the usual Haydn symphony and Mass, the CBS choir, orchestra and soloists will perform his oratorio The Creation at 2 pm on Sunday 12 September, to mark the beginning of a new chapter for their cathedral music in Christchurch.

A gala concert is planned for Saturday, 20 November at 7.30 pm, when it is hoped to achieve a concert performance of the Beethoven Missa Solemnis. The CBS musical year will conclude with a performance of Haydn’s Mariazellermesse at the Christmas Midnight Mass.