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Watch 3 top Vancouver choirs sing new music from Canada and beyond

Robert Rowat

From Nov. 2 to 8, 2017, the world capital of contemporary music is Vancouver, B.C., host city of the International Society for Contemporary Music's World New Music Days. This festival takes place in a different city each year, and Vancouver is rolling out the red carpet, welcoming participants from nearly 50 countries for seminars, installations and concerts showcasing some of Canada's finest contemporary music ensembles.

Among those, an outstanding choral concert will be webcast on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. local time (6 p.m. ET). Coming from Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver, the webcast features three top Vancouver choirs: Vancouver Chamber Choir, musica intima and Elektra Women's Choir. The concert is titled New Vistas and features a mix of new and recent choral works by Canadian composers (Jordan Nobles, Jeffrey Ryan and R. Murray Schafer) alongside works from Egypt, the U.S., Estonia, Sweden, Hungary, Slovenia and China.

Watch the webcast below, and scroll down for complete details on performers and repertoire.


  • Vancouver Chamber Choir, Jon Washburn (director)
  • musica intima
  • Elektra Women's Choir, Morna Edmundson (director)
  • With the participation of soloists, narrators and percussionists


Jordan Nobles: "Lux Antiqua" (2011)

Amr Okba: "Faith"* (2013)

Jeffrey Ryan: "After Storm" (2001)

Michael Bussewitz-Quarm: "I’ll Fly Away"** (2010)

Tõnu Kõrvits: "Laulud Laulude Laulust" ("The Song of Song of Songs")* (2011)


Kjell Perder: "Libera me"* (2009)

Andrej Makor: "Angelus ad pastores ait"* (2015)

Ilona Dobszay-Meskó: "Choral"* (2010)

Ding Ling: "Old Friend"* (2014)

R. Murray Schafer: "The Star Princess and the Waterlilies" (1984)

* Canadian premiere
** World premiere

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