St Marks Anglican Church - Music

Music

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, 15 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.

Choirmaster – Randy E. Mills

Born in London, Ontario, Randy Mills has been Organist and Choirmaster since late 2007 – broken by a two-year absence at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Peterborough.  A Regional Director for the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Randy is also Chair of the Eastern Ontario and Quebec Chapter of the Royal School of Church Music, Canada. He holds the FRCCO and LTCL diplomas, and he has studied with William Wickett (London), Peter Hurford and John S. McIntosh (his BMus, Western) and Stephen Wente (an MCM, Concordia Lutheran, Chicago).

Randy has been Chapel Organist at Trinity College School, Port Hope for over twenty years.  There he plays for daily Chapel and directs the 70-voice Chapel Choir and four hand bell choirs. These ensembles have toured Britain, Newfoundland, Quebec as well as Central and Eastern Ontario.  Email is music@stmarksporthope.ca.

Choirs

The principal service on Sundays is a Choral Eucharist sung to a variety of Mass settings.  The adult choir practices on Thursdays from 7:45 to 9;00 pm.  New singers from 8 to 80+ are welcome to join a choir.  Most Sundays there is a motet or anthem sung by the combined Choir.

The Junior Choir (re-introduced by Randy with Elizabeth Barlow after more than a decade) practices on Wednesdays from 4 pm to 5 pm.  It leads Evensong on the first Wednesday of the month and is also affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music and use their Voice for Life training.  Annual educational trips have included Worcester and Hereford Cathedrals, UK, Washington DC, Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto in the past.

Concerts

St Mark’s welcomes visiting choirs and instrumentalists for concerts two or three times a yearVisiting choirs have originated from Christ and Selwyn Colleges at Cambridge University; St Chad’s and Hatfield Colleges of Durham (UK) University and others.  These choirs conduct workshops at Trinity College School in collaboration with their performances at St Mark’s.

In addition, Randy has introduced a program of summer concerts at St Mark’s.  In 2007, he performed the entire organ works of Dietrich Buxtehude on the parish’s 1986 Gabriel Kney mechanical action pipe organ, and again featured the instrument in 2010 for half of seventeen recitals covering the organ works of J.S. Bach.