Pipes Around the Pacific, International Organ Festival Victoria 2010

South Vancouver Island

Sun. July 18th, 2010 – Wed. July 21st, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 19, 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 19, 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, 1:30 p.m.

Pipes Around the Pacific
International Organ Festival Victoria 2010
July 18-22, 2010

Join us in Victoria for the International Organ Festival, a four-day celebration of the King of Instruments with recitals, workshops, choral concerts and more.

The Royal Canadian College of Organists is Canada's oldest association of musicians. Last year the RCCO celebrated its 100th Anniversary at the National Convention in Toronto. This July, the National Convention will be hosted by the Victoria Centre of the RCCO and the focus will be on the pipe organ and will include repertoire from around the Pacific Basin from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest across to Asia. The convention has attracted organists from the USA, Canada and abroad. Registration for the convention is still available for those who wish to participate in all the concerts and workshops and tickets are also available to the public for those who wish to attend individual concerts and workshops.

The Victoria Centre of the RCCO has had a very long and happy collaboration with churches through its music directors and organists. The Victoria Centre wishes to extend a special invitation to our church friends, their families and interested concert goers to attend the International Organ Festival.

The International Organ Festival, which runs from July 18 to 22, 2010, features world-class performers including Philippe Belanger (St. Joseph's Oratory, Montreal), Paul Jacobs (The Julliard School, New York City), Tong-Soon Kwak (Yonsie-University, Seoul, South Korea) and David Palmer (University of Windsor and All Saints' Church, Windsor). The Festival is open to the public with performances on some of Victoria's finest pipe organs and historic instruments including Christ Church Cathedral's recently installed four-manual Hellmuth Wolff tracker organ. The Festival highlights include four outstanding organ concerts, and a choral concert by the 40-voice Linden Singers of Victoria.

The Gala Opening Concert, Sunday, July 18th at 8:00 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, will be performed by David Palmer, organist and The Cathedral Strings conducted by Michael Gormley. The concert will feature a commissioned work for organ and flugelhorn by BC composer Alan Matheson.

David Palmer is a native of Victoria and has performed from coast to coast in Canada, and has given recitals in San Francisco, Washington and New York, as well he has played in England and France, including recitals in the cathedrals of Chartres and Notre Dame in Paris. CBC Radio has broadcast nationally many of his solo performances. David Palmer began his career as an organist at age fourteen at the console of St. Paul's Naval Garrison Church in Esquimalt. He was a former Head Chorister of Christ Church Cathedral where he began organ studies with Graham Steed and Richard Proudman. Past president of the National Office of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, he is a Professor in the School of Music at the University of Windsor, and Musical Director of All Saints' Church, Windsor.

As part of the International Organ Festival, the general public is cordially invited to attend the five concerts: Monday, July 19th, 1:30 p.m. Phillippe Belanger, organist at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church; Monday, July 19th 8:00 p.m., Paul Jacobs, organist at St. John the Divine Anglican Church; Tuesday, July 20th, 1:00 p.m. The Linden Singers, at First Metropolitan United Church, and Tuesday, July 20th and 8:00 p.m., Tong-Soon Kwak, organist at Christ Church Cathedral. Tickets are available at Ivy's Book Store, Long and McQuade Music Store, the Victoria Conservatory of Music or at the door. Tickets: Adult: $25, Student, Senior: $20.

The general public may also purchase tickets to attend workshops on a variety of organ-related topics as well as visit some of the smaller and rare historic organs including the one-manual Appleton organ (c1840) at the Church of Our Lord, the three-manual Conacher (1891) organ at St. Paul's Naval Garrison Church, and the two-manual Pease at former St. Saviour's Anglican Church and others.

Open to the general public are two worship services: Sunday, 4:30 p.m. RCCO Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral and 5:00 p.m. Service in the Taize Tradition at St. Andrew's Cathedral.

For full details on the convention, five concerts and festival tickets, visit or call 250-658-3773.

Cost: $20 senior, series $100 Category: Music
Location: July 18 and 20, 8:00 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral More Info: Kathleen Edge

250 356-9386
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