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.