Hi-Music Director Andrew Killawee here,
I am writing to invite you to two wonderful,
free musical events at St. Paul’s Church this month of December.
The first is our Halifax Explosion 100th anniversary event —
“The Lost Memorial” -
Wednesday, December 6, 7:00 pm.
Here is a description of what you will see: St. Paul’s church was one of the few Halifax churches to fully withstand the Halifax explosion — and records suggest it may have been the only church able to organize a service the next day. While the specific events of that service are a mystery — its was surely a somber affair — with church pews surrounded by coffins — with more than 300 church families dead, displaced or injured — and with the church hall transformed into a makeshift hospital and relief station. In the “Lost Memorial” we re-create what words might have been spoken in this tragic setting. What songs would have been sung? What might the church have looked like? Most important — where did the people of Halifax even begin to look for hope?
David Christensen, Karis Tees (and the St. Paul’s Junior Choir), El Jones, Alan Syliboy, Ben Stone, Ian Bent (St. Paul’s Musician in Residence), the St. Paul’s Senior Choir and Special Guests including Lukas Pearse on Exterior Projection
The Second Event is our 5th Annual
“Christmas on the Grand Parade”
Monday, December 11, 7:00 pm
(storm date Tuesday the 12th)
In what has quickly become a “save the date” event — “Christmas on the Grand Parade” brings together community members from all backgrounds and walks of life — and features readings, choir selections, and Christmas hymns of the season, in the wonderful, seasonally-decorated backdrop of the oldest building in Halifax.
75 minutes in length. Reception to follow.
These events are very different — but both will feature beautiful music, and gathering of community.
The Halifax Explosion event will also feature a building sized outdoor projection display, produced and directed by Halifax artist Lukas Pearce.
Hope to see you there!