St. Stephens hosts a worshipful rendition of Gloria Dec. 11

The Christmas traditions continue as the big day draws ever closer

A worship-concert event with carols, scripture and prayer takes place on Saturday at St. Stephen’s United Church.

What makes this particular performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria unique is that it will be presented within the context of worship, rather than just as a concert.

“So often, when we hear classical sacred music like this, it is in a concert setting. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to present this piece as worship, so we’re framing a very gentle, ecumenically-minded worship service around the work,” said choir director Skye Donald.

Donald and organist John Nelson will be joined by local string players Diana Fletcher (violin, cello) and Marjorie Cullern (violin). Alto Hilary Whelton and soprano Aiike Biglow will join Donald in singing the solo numbers in the work. The choir includes regular members of St. Stephen’s choir plus singers from other local choirs.

Gloria will be presented at St. Stephen’s United Church in Qualicum Beach on Sat., Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Admission is free but donations will be graciously accepted at the door.


— News Staff