St. Paul’s Cathedral has had a choir for most of its 170 year history. Currently it is a fully-auditioned, professional adult choir with a two-fold responsibility – to lead the music and worship at the liturgies held at the cathedral throughout the year, and secondly to lead the family of the Diocese of Huron when they are gathered for annual Synod and for Ordinations. The choir’s Mission Statement may be found here.
The choir is fortunate to be able to work in close collaboration with leading organists, instrumentalists and other musicians in the region.
St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir is grateful for continuing support provided by the A.E.J. Fulford Trust, administered by The Anglican Foundation of Canada, towards the costs of the Three Cathedrals Choral Festival
( www.facebook.com/ThreeCathedralsChoralFestival), and the choir's touring and outreach programmes, the latter of which sees the choir visiting parishes of the diocese each year to sing Choral Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer.
Since 1995, St. Paul’s has run a Tuesday Noon Hour Organ Recital Series, taking advantage of the four-manual instrument, with some pipes dating from 1871. This series of recitals features both local and international performers and, from time to time, presents recitals that match the organ with other instruments.
On the first weekend of every odd numbered year, St. Paul’s hosts the Three Cathedrals Choral Festival which brings together the choirs and organists of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, NY; St. Paul’s Cathedral, Detroit, MI; and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, ON. Based on similar tri-partner cathedral festivals in the UK, TCCF presents a weekend of music, arts and culture in London’s oldest church.
TCCF is proud to be one of the Community Music outreach programmes that invites the local community to engage with the work and mission of the music programme.
Held on a Monday evening in October each year, the Alex Clark Memorial Concert presents a wonderfully wide range of repertoire and features the students of the Medway High School Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Senior Band together with St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir.
Donations taken during the concert go towards the fund supporting the annual Alex Clark Music Award at Medway. This award was created to honour the memory of a much loved former Music Teacher from the school who, during his 17 years there, created a huge band and vocal program that was known around the province. Alex also served as Music Consultant for the Elgin County Board of Education for 14 years, and as organist and choir director at Metropolitan United Church, London for 32 years. In his retirement he was Associate Organist here at St. Paul's Cathedral for 12 years and frequently returned as guest organist.
The concert a fitting way to remember a wonderful musician, organist, choir leader and teacher who inspired and challenged those with whom he worked.
St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir travels some ten times each academic year to parishes of the Diocese of Huron to sing the Office of Evening Prayer (taken from the Book of Common Prayer). As an outreach ministry of the cathedral’s music programme, these visits connect the parishes of the diocese with their Mother Church in London and provide a wonderful opportunity for the choir to make music with and for members of the diocesan family. It also supports the ongoing use of the Book of Common Prayer as one of our official Anglican liturgical texts.
For more informaiton, visit prayerbook.ca.
St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir and the cathedral Music Programme is led by the Director of Music & Cathedral Organist, Andrew Keegan Mackriell. Andrew’s biography may be found here. Andrew may be emailed directly here. Other contact information may be found on our Clergy & Staff page.
The list of previous Directors of Music at St. Paul’s may be found here.