St. Paul’s Anglican Church has a long history of worshipping through music. Searching old parish records will always turn up either mention or photos (or both) of the Church Choir.
Currently, we have a volunteer choir of 15 voices that sings most hymns in four part harmony (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass). We sing at the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist service. Choir anthems are also a regular part of our Sunday worship, allowing the congregation to listen reflectively and prayerfully as we transition from the Liturgy of the Word to the Liturgy of the Eucharist. They also provide a musical commentary on the Scriptural theme of the day. We also sing special services to mark important times in the Church Year such as our annual Christmas offering of the Festival of Lessons and Carols.
Music is chosen to reflect the readings of the day, and is an eclectic mix of traditional and modern hymns, mostly found in the current hymn book, Common Praise. Anthems come from a variety of sources. While the pipe organ is the primary instrument, use is also made of the grand piano, as well as harp, flute and French Horn.
Our Pipe Organ
The pipe organ in St. Paul’s was installed in 1942 and, over seventy years later, continues to provide solid, colourful leadership for the congregational and choral singing. It is a small instrument ideally suited to the space, and is one of many such organs built by Casavant Frères of St. Hyacinthe, Québec in the years immediately before and during the Second World War at a time when few churches could afford to purchase larger instruments.