The Cathedral Organ
Built originally in 1910 by Casavant of St Hyacinthe, Québec, and rebuilt by the British firm of Hill, Norman, and Beard in 1961, the organ acquired a new Casavant console in 2011, one that has 250 memories for its pistons, is MIDI capable, can record performances to play later, and is moveable; some additional stops as well as an antiphonal section for the west end of the Cathedral are prepared for. Consisting of four manuals and seventy-five stops, the organ serves admirably for service-playing and is also an impressive recital instrument, which has been played by many local and international performers. Click here for the current specification list.
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Music at the 9:30 a.m. Service
Music and hymn accompaniment at the 9:30 a.m. Eucharist are provided by Russ Hall on the piano, joined by various guest musicians from the Cathedral Church and beyond.
For the 9:30 am service, special effort is made in hymn selection to facilitate full participation by the congregation. New hymns are gradually introduced. The chant tunes used at this service are from the Evangelical Lutheran Church – a denomination that is in full communion with the Anglican Church of Canada. These tunes, which are easy to sing, are based on tunes used in the Anglican Church of Canada. The intimacy of the physical location of this service and the less formal atmosphere add to the reverence, beauty, and strength of the congregational singing.