Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir is pleased to present “Christ lag in Todesbanden” by J.S. Bach in an online video broadcast this Eastertide!
Composed by Bach in 1707 at the age of 22, the cantata is based on the eponymous Lutheran chorale, which is in turn based on the Gregorian chant Victimae Paschali. The tune emerges at every twist and turn throughout the work’s seven movements, creating a poignant piece of music filled to the brim with Bach’s particular contrapuntal brilliance.
Spaced in the architectural and acoustical splendour of Halifax’s Saint Mary’s Basilica, the men and boy choristers of Capella Regalis will be joined by members of Ensemble Regale to perform this magnificent work. The victory of life over death, such as described in the cantata’s German text, is sure to bring hope and joy to the world as it continues valiantly in the struggle against Covid-19 and celebrates the arrival of Spring.
As part of the inaugural Creative Campuses Nova Scotia arts festival, the University of King’s College Chapel Choir is joined by a hand-picked chamber orchestra in a video-recorded performance of the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé (1948). A ‘Requiem’ is a Mass for the dead, named for the first words of the ancient funeral liturgy, “Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine” – “Give them eternal rest, O Lord”. This performance of Duruflé’s supremely beautiful setting is dedicated to Nova Scotians and all Canadians who have lost their lives to Covid-19.
Evensong for The Eve of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, sung by the University of King’s College Chapel Choir, directed by Paul Halley. The anthem is “Annunciation”, a newly composed piece by Paul Halley based on the poem by Marie Howe (commissioned in honour of The Reverend Dr Gary Thorne on the 40th anniversary of his ordination to Holy Orders on March 25, 2021).
The University of King’s College Chapel Choir broadcasts Evensong from the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax. Nick Halley plays the organ voluntary, Psalm Prelude (Set I No. 3) by Herbert Howells, at the end of the service! Other featured music includes Hide Not Thy Face by R. Farrant, The Collegium Regale Service by H. Howells, and Ne Irascaris, Domine by W. Byrd.
The men and boys of Capella Regalis, under the direction of Nick Halley, sang their first Evensong of term on the First Sunday in Lent. The service was audio-video recorded in the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, and is now available at the link below. You can also view or download the service bulletin [PDF] below.
Listen to the Dinuk Wijeratne Trio featuring pianist and composer Dinuk Wijeratne, jazz drummer and world percussionist Nick Halley, and Tom Easley on the double bass! This concert, produced by Musique Royale, was recorded in Fall 2020 at St John’s Anglican Church’s as part of their Wednesday at Noon series.
The 2020/21 Bach Tree Online Academy February Feature: Impromptu in Practice
A program of the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts (New Hampshire), The Bach Tree project seeks to cultivate creative and collaborative musicians. In response to the covid-19 pandemic, the Bach Tree has gone online and is offering a series of month-long courses through an online academy. Join Nick Halley and Dinuk Wijeratne for the month of February to learn interactively about the concepts, strategies, and techniques of improvisation through a 4-session online Zoom course. The program is open to improvisers, composers, and curious learners of all ages, with a cross-disciplinary bent. Each session is about 75 minutes. Begins Feb. 3, 2021 at 6:30 pm ET. To sign up and for more details, visit: wcc-ma.org/BachTree.
Nick recently joined composer, conductor, and pianist Dinuk Wijeratne to respond to a question submitted by a young artist: “Was it ever difficult to advocate for your creative dreams and goals, rather than pursuing a slightly more traditional career path? Were there people along the way who did not understand your choices, and how did you deal with that?” In the course of their conversation, Nick speaks about his own artistic career which led him to Nova Scotia from New England and incidentally to playing drums for James Taylor. You’ll also hear from the charming and insightful Dinuk about the often circuitous nature of the path to fulfillment as well as about his own life which brought him from Sri Lanka to Halifax and beyond. Listen here.