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Music2018-07-12T14:05:54+00:00

It would be difficult to imagine St. Mark’s without music. Not only is it integral to our worship but it raises the profile of the church in non-religious settings as well. The parish rejoices in having outstanding acoustics in its heritage building.

With the exception of the Wednesday Evensong (BCP), the Book of Alternative Services is used at all services, alternating weekly between traditional and contemporary language. Almost all services are choral Eucharists and Common Praise is used at virtually all of them. The Anglican Use Gradual provides plainsong settings of various liturgical texts and these are incorporated into the mass settings.

Choral and instrumental repertoire is drawn with care, sensitivity and expertise from a wide variety of sources ranging from the Renaissance through the Classical and Romantic periods to the present day

HEAR FROM OUR CHOIRMASTER

A native of London, Ontario, Randy Mills has been Organist and Choirmaster at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope since late 2006 – with a two-year stretch at the RC Cathedral in Peterborough.

At St Mark’s he has established both the Adult Choir and the Junior Choir (with Elizabeth Ann Barlow) which sing weekly. In 2007 he performed the entire organ works of Dietrich Buxtehude on the parish’s Kney pipe organ and again featured the instrument in 2010 for half of seventeen recitals covering the entire organ works of J.S. Bach.

Randy Mills has been Chapel Organist at Trinity College School, Port Hope for nearly twenty-five years, where he plays for daily Chapel and directs the 60-voice Chapel Choir and four handbell choirs. Chair of the Eastern Ontario and Quebec Chapter of the Royal School of Church Music, Canada, Randy has been a Regional Director for the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

He holds the FRCCO and LTCL diplomas and has studied with William Wickett (London ON), Peter Hurford and John S. McIntosh (BMus, Western) and Stephen Wente (MCM, Concordia Lutheran, Chicago). You can contact Randy at music@stmarksporthope.com.

St. Mark’s Anglican Church enjoys a strong musical tradition with weekly Choral Eucharist and special events during Holy Week and Christmas. The church enjoys a two manual, 14 rank Gabriel Kney tracker organ (1986). Hymns are selected from the Book of Common Praise and other sung parts of the service follow the Anglican Use Gradual.

OUR CHOIRS

Our multi-generational choral group (8-80+) rehearses separately and join together Sundays to enhance worship at St Mark’s year-round.

The dedicated group of volunteers in the Senior Choir meets Thursdays from 7:45pm to 9pm, September to June.
Repertoire ranges over the smaller ‘classics’ of Anglican church music.

Young singers meet as part of our Junior Choir on Wednesdays from 4pm to 5pm.
The Junior choir provides a Choral Evensong on the first Wednesday of each month (4:30pm).
Members of both choirs have sung in English Cathedrals (2008) and the US (2009), and the Junior Choir makes annual singing visits to Montreal and Toronto.

If you would like to know more, or would like to join us, please contact Randy Mills here!

SPECIAL MUSIC EVENTS

Our choirs prepare for annual services, including Lessons and Carols for Advent and for Christmas, and Tenebrae (Good Friday evening).

A summer series of hour-long recitals in the church’s lovely acoustic features a variety of performers on Wednesday evenings annually.

The parish has a proud history of welcoming visiting choirs and music groups from Canada, the US and Britain including:

  • Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir
  • Ontario Youth Choir
  • St Mary Magdalene Church Choir (Toronto)
  • Ladue Chapel Handbellringers (St Louis MO)
  • Gloucester Cathedral Choir (UK)
  • Christ’s College and Selwyn College Chapel Choirs (Cambridge UK)
  • Hatfield College Chapel Choir (Durham UK)

2018 Mini-Festival of European Choirs

This Summer  we welcome you to:

Wednesday July 11 7:00

The Choir of Christ’s’ College, Cambridge United Kingdom  https://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/college-life/chapel-and-choir https://www.facebook.com/The-Choir-of-Christs-College-Cambridge-173640423174/

Thursday July 12 7:00

Les Petits Chanteurs de Bordeaux, France http://www.lespetitschanteursdebordeaux.com/https://www.facebook.com/lespetitschanteursdebordeaux/

OUR PIPE ORGAN

Dating from 1986, our fine Gabriel Kneypipe organ is a vital part of the parish’s musical life, both for worship and in concert. The Kney firm is recognized for outstanding small organs of the highest quality of sound.

Every detail of the playing mechanism is finely-detailed to allow the organist complete control with a sensitive and light touch. High-quality metal pipework from Europe was carefully voiced by the Kney firm to provide the finest tone in our acoustic

Gabriel Kney’s firm has important instruments scattered across North America, and he provided St Mark’s with an instrument of great beauty.

View our specifications below!

SPECIFICATIONS:

Gabriel Kney, 1986
London, Ontario

Great Swell

Flute                   8

Principal             4

Recorder            2

Mixture              III

Trumpet             8

Salicional              8

Flute                      8

Flute                      4

Principal               2

Sesquialtera II   (double draw: 2 2/3, 2 2/3 + 1 3/5)

Pedal

Bourdon              16

Bourdon              8              (ext)

Gt/Ped, Sw/Ped, Sw/Gt, Tremulant

Mechanical action.

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