We’re delighted to announce that the very talented Hiromi Bradshaw has returned to Christ Church Gabriola as our church musician. Hiromi is well known to many of us having previously served as the musician for both St. Martin of Tours Anglican and Gabriola United Church. She leads congregational singing during worship services on both the piano and organ. Hiromi accompanies our re-energized church choir under the direction of Don Butt.
The Christ Church Gabriola choir is under the direction of Don Butt, BScPhm MD CCFP FCFP. Don is a member of the Malaspina and Island Consort choirs in Nanaimo. He is also an accomplished flautist and photographer.
The Christ Church Gabriola Ensemble is a new group which practices before church on Sunday and which helps us learn new worship songs.
Guest musicians and vocalists are invited to participate in worship services throughout the year. Members who contribute special music are James Hollis on guitar, Karen Hollis on cello, Charlie Blackburn on clarinet, Lisa Griffith on piano, Don Butt on flute, Pat Armstrong on violin and Alannah Dow on cello.
Listen to the beautiful performance of Haydn Trio #1 First Movement (see above)that we were privileged to enjoy Sunday, June 16, 2019, during the service.
Our New Church Organ
Our new organ has arrived and is installed. We are so looking forward to hearing it in a church service when we can worship in our church building again.
Although the CCG building is closed to all activities until September, Council made an exception for the installation of the new organ tentatively scheduled for early August. Brian Thompson, the sales representative of the Allen Organ Company, is extremely sensitive to the COVID situation. He has indicated to Council members only he and his son are required to install the new organ and remove the old one. Wh.ile they do their work they will take the necessary health precautions, including, on completion of their tasks, the use of a disinfectant to thoroughly wipe any surfaces with which they may have come in contact.
Listen to Hiromi playing Bach D Minor Toccata and Fugue (see attached)
Turner Ivany played Amazing Grace for us on the new organ.