Events

The following is a list of upcoming events for our current season.  Events organized by our Centre are designated as RCCO Kingston Centre Events, while other events are listed as Events of Interest.  To submit a listing, contact the website editor.  To view a list of past events, visit our archive pages for 2019-20 and 2018-19.

Event of Interest
Advent Candlelight Procession with Carols  Sunday, November 24, 2019, 5 p.m.

St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  As well as leading the congregational singing in this service, the Cathedral Adult, Youth, and Children’s Choirs will sing music by Palestrina, John Carter, Franz Biebl, John Stainer, and Peter Aston.  The service symbolizes the journey from Advent to Christmas, from the Old Testament to the New, from darkness to light.  Beginning in darkness, candles are gradually lit as the choir travels through the sanctuary, singing in different locations, until the building is filled with light and music.

Event of Interest
An Advent Celebration  Sunday, November 24, 2019, and Sunday, December 1, 2019, 3 p.m.

The two St. Paul’s Anglican Churches, Sydenham and Kingston.  Kingston Young Artists presents one hour of music for the whole family, featuring the Academy Chamber Orchestra and Youth Choir, Jeffrey Moellman, conductor and organist.  Admission is by free-will offering.  A reception follows.  The November 24 concert takes place in Sydenham and the December 1 concert is in Kingston.  For more information, contact Jeffrey Moellman by email or phone at 613-985-2224.

Event of Interest
Caelis Academy Ensemble of Ottawa  Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 6 p.m.

St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  This visiting ensemble will perform selections from Handel’s “Messiah” under the direction of Matthew Larkin.  Admission costs $30 ($20 students) at the door, with proceeds going to the Cathedral Heritage Preservation Trust, which has been established to preserve the Cathedral building as one of the most significant heritage sites in Kingston.  For more information, call 613-548-4617 or visit www.stgeorgescathedral.ca or www.facebook.com/StGeorgeConcerts.

Event of Interest
Advent Lessons and Carols  Saturday, November 30, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

St. Mary’s Cathedral, 279 Johnson Street (at Clergy), Kingston.  This celebration will be led by the Cathedral Choir and guests, conducted by organist and director of music, Jeffrey Moellman, and will feature favourite Advent hymns, with motets by Goudimel, Hancock, Mendelssohn, Ord, Vaughan Williams, Willan, and more.

Event of Interest
Frances Harkness, Douglas Handforth, and Jennifer Tindale in Concert  Thursday, December 5, 2019, 12:15-12:50 p.m.

St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  St. George’s Advent Concerts take place at 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays from November 28 to December 19, and feature a piano trio on December 5 including Douglas Handforth on violin, Jennifer Tindale on cello, and RCCO member Fran Harkness on piano.  Admission is free, with a voluntary offering collected.  For more information, call 613-548-4617 or visit www.stgeorgescathedral.ca or www.facebook.com/StGeorgeConcerts.

Event of Interest
Christmas Lessons and Carols  Sunday, December 15, 2019, 4 p.m.

St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  As well as leading the congregation in singing favourite Christmas carols during this service, the Cathedral Christmas Choir, Youth Choir, and Children’s Choir will sing a selection of Christmas anthems.  Join us as we celebrate the Christmas season!

RCCO Kingston Centre Event
Twelfth Night Party  Sunday, January 5, 2020, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Party room at Carol and Gord Ramer’s home, Kingston.  The Twelfth Night Party will again be held on a Sunday afternoon this year, as this was a great success last year.  All members, friends, and guests are welcome.  Bring a snack to share – an appetizer or dessert, and a drink for yourself if you like.  Coffee, tea, and non-alcoholic punch will be provided.  All are invited to contribute something entertaining, be it a story, song, quiz, or anything else.  There is a piano.

Event of Interest
Stamitz’s Viola Concerto, a Bach Cantata, and Anthems  Saturday, March 14, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  RCCO member David Cameron will conduct the Cathedral Concert Singers and the Cathedral Chamber Orchestra in a concert featuring concertmaster Douglas Handforth and vocal soloists in a program including Karl Stamitz’s Viola Concerto in D, Bach’s Cantata Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid (BWV 3), anthems by Goss, Stanford, Bainton, and Rutter, and other music.  Proceeds will go to St. George’s Heritage Preservation Trust, supporting the Cathedral’s historic buildings and maintaining their 191-year-old presence at the corner of King and Johnson Streets.

RCCO Kingston Centre Event
Great Bach Marathon and Community of Organists Concert  Saturday, March 21, 2020

Location tbd.  This will be the third year in which our Centre hosts the Bach Marathon.  Our previous Bach Marathons took place over five hours on an afternoon in March and featured about 40 musicians and a variety of instruments, including piano, violin, oboe, flute, trombone, voice, etc., followed by pieces played on the organ by RCCO members and students.  The event draws together musicians from all parts of the community.  All lovers of the music of J.S. Bach are invited to listen or perform.  Come when you can and leave when you must!  For more information or to reserve a performance time for yourself or your students, contact Fran Harkness.

RCCO Kingston Centre Event
Frédéric Champion in Concert  April/May 2020

Location tbd.  A highlight of the Centre’s 2019-20 season is a concert by organist Frédéric Champion, co-presented by the Canadian International Organ Competition.  Details about the concert will be added to this listing as the date nears, so please visit this page again!

RCCO Kingston Centre Event
Hymn Festival  Sunday, May 24, 2020

St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  RCCO members, friends, and local choristers from across the region are invited to participate in a massed choir for our popular hymn sing, which has become a regular feature of our programming.  Past hymn festivals have included new and traditional hymns, introduced by invited speakers and accompanied by organ and last year also by a brass quintet.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend – and sing along!  Details will be posted closer to the date.

 

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