Christ Church, Elbow Park, Calgary
Music, Choirs and Bells!
(Under Construction... not the building, the website!)

Music in Worship
Christ Church, Elbow Park is a very musical parish. You will experience a large range of hymnody, mass settings, anthems and service music, and the people of the parish are adept at learning new tunes, texts and refrains. Service music could be described as "mainstream" Anglican, honouring beloved, established music as well as more recent compositions and hymns.

Christ Church Choir
Consisting of a remarkable group of twenty-plus singers, the Choir of Christ Church provides excellent musical leadership for our worship. Members of the choir share a love of traditional Anglican music, including hymns and psalms, anthems, motets and contemporary pieces such as the work of John Rutter. Most members have prior choral singing experience and some ability to read music. Several times a year they sing the traditional service of Choral Evensong in which the sensitivity of their psalm singing has been praised.

The Choir rehearses regularly on Thursday nights, and gathers for a half-hour warm-up on Sundays before the 10:30am service. Not infrequently, Thursday evening also include additional fellowship, a pub night or other community building. To get involved in our music, please contact our Director of Music, Margie Newman.

Evensong
Christ Church is pleased to offer a service of Choral Evensong on special occasions throughout the year, usually on a Sunday afternoon. You are welcome to worship with us in this time-honoured way of glorifying God in Christ.

The Organ
A photo of the Gabriel Knew will be posted soon. Description and specifications here.

The Bells
Christ Church's tower hosts an Octave of beautiful bells. The ringers rehearse on Friday evenings, and the bells are rung Sundays for a half hour before the 10:30 Eucharist, as well as at special services and occasions such as weddings, and are part of the musical crowning of high feasts such as Easter, Christmas and literally ringing in each New Year.

"Change-Ringing" is a rare and wonderful art: these are the only bells of their kind in the province: in fact, the only octave of bells of their kind between Ontario and British Columbia. The bells are part of the regular music of the parish, calling the community to worship, reminding the community that the parish church prays for the well-being of everyone - member or not - in the community, and that the church works faithfully to give thanks to God for over 100 years of the privilege of serving in Christ's name.

The bells have been a fixture of the Elbow Park soundscape for over half a century, yet people are still surprised to learn that those are real people up there pulling the ropes and ringing, not some mechanism! Our resident ringers, The Christ Church Calgary Bell Ringer's Guild, are a dedicated group that includes both parishioners and friends of the parish. They ring for the joy of it, to support the purpose of the parish church, and to learn and improve in their skill at this art together.

More will be posted about the bells as we restore this website. Inquries about becoming a part of this musical tradition are welcome. Please contact Ruth Lund, our Tower Captain. What's a "tower captain"? Read more here.

Supporting the Arts in Worship and in Community
Christ Church is a proud supporter of music and the arts, and has a strong partnership with many organizations in Calgary. More will be posted as this information is gathered together in a form appropriate for our site.



Christ Church Choir

Ruth Lund, Bell Tower Captain

John Bouz, Affiliate Organist

Margaret Newman, Organist and Director of Music