The 2017 chapel music card
The Chapel Music Card details the term's musical programming. Print-copies can be picked up at the back of the chapel.
The Chapel Choir
The Chapel Choir, directed by five-time Grammy winner Paul Halley, comprises 24 choristers from the King’s College and Dalhousie University communities, who are selected through auditions. The choir’s primary function is to sing at the weekly Evensongs and Eucharists in the King’s College Chapel, as well as other major services throughout the academic year. The choir also includes touring and recording among its activities. It is well known for its annual concert series, King’s at the Cathedral, which includes a performance during All Saints in November, a December series of A King’s Christmas concerts in venues around the province, and a Baroque masterwork each spring. The choir’s performances have been broadcast nationally across Canada on CBC Radio, and included in CBC’s top picks of concerts to attend across Canada. The choir’s 2013 recording Let Us Keep The Feast: Music for the Church Year won the Outstanding Choral Recording award from Choral Canada.
A men and boys choir founded and directed by Nick Halley. Comprised of about 20 boys and 10 men, it is modelled on the Anglican tradition of men and boys’ church choirs. Capella Regalis rehearses in the Chapel and sings and sings Choral Evensong at the Cathedral Church of All Saints in downtown Halifax on many Sundays at 4 pm, as part of the Cathedral’s ‘Sundays at Four’ music series.
For more information, sound clips, and list of performances, please visit www.capellaregalis.com.
The King's Chorus
The King’s Chorus is directed by acclaimed percussionist and conductor Nick Halley. The Chorus welcomes everyone into its community, which is held together by a love of music-making centred around the masterworks of the western choral tradition. Weekly rehearsals prepare the Chorus for two major performances with an orchestra.
Women's & Men's Compline Choirs
These choirs offer contemplative candelit services, Monday (women’s choir) and Tuesday night (men’s choir), at 9:30 PM. Compline is an felicitous occasion to unburden oneself from the difficulties of the day, in peaceful solitude in the darkened chapel and yet among a gathered community.
The Women’s Compline Choir is made up of students. Contact Maria Bartholomew if you are interested in singing.
Shape Note Choir
Shape note singing (Sacred Harp music) is an extraordinary North American gospel tradition originating in the early nineteenth century. Something completely different! The Shape Note Choir meets on Fridays at 4pm to rehearse music to sing at the close of the Sung Evening Prayer service at 5pm. No musical experience is necessary to join the choir - all are welcome to come and listen and sing as they feel moved. The music is simple, heart-felt, energetic and glorious.
Contact Alan Rempel if you are interested in singing.
Sunday Morning Choir
The Sunday Morning service at the Chapel is led musically by a small choir of students, as well as the Chapel’s Organ Scholar as student organist. Typically this consists simply of leading the congregation in the singing of four hymns as well as the plain-chant mass setting (and an occasional choir-only piece, depending on the collective vocal resources). This is a comparatively low-key, low-time-commitment liturgical choir, with the aim of being accessible to students who want to sing regularly but do not necessarily have any particular musical training. It is quite a lovely way to spend one’s Sunday mornings.
Contact Alan Rempel if this interests you.
The weekly Choral Eucharist is a practice of theurgy – the infinite divine indwells the finite. Students have opportunity to serve in this liturgy as taperers who bear flames, as thurifers who offer incense or crucifers who bear the cross. These roles emphasize the incarnational nature of our ancient worship.
To serve in these, or additional, roles contact Sacristan Isaac Grainger.