Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir, dir. by Nick Halley, presents J.S. Bach’s Easter Cantata BWV 4 online

Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir is pleased to present “Christ lag in Todesbanden” by J.S. Bach in an online video broadcast this Eastertide!

Composed by Bach in 1707 at the age of 22, the cantata is based on the eponymous Lutheran chorale, which is in turn based on the Gregorian chant Victimae Paschali. The tune emerges at every twist and turn throughout the work’s seven movements, creating a poignant piece of music filled to the brim with Bach’s particular contrapuntal brilliance.

Spaced in the architectural and acoustical splendour of Halifax’s Saint Mary’s Basilica, the men and boy choristers of Capella Regalis will be joined by members of Ensemble Regale to perform this magnificent work. The victory of life over death, such as described in the cantata’s German text, is sure to bring hope and joy to the world as it continues valiantly in the struggle against Covid-19 and celebrates the arrival of Spring.

Watch online for free on the choir’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8oeswZxoEo.

M. Duruflé REQUIEM (Op. 9) – University of King’s College Chapel Choir, Paul Halley, Nick Halley, & Ensemble Regale

As part of the inaugural Creative Campuses Nova Scotia arts festival, the University of King’s College Chapel Choir is joined by a hand-picked chamber orchestra in a video-recorded performance of the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé (1948). A ‘Requiem’ is a Mass for the dead, named for the first words of the ancient funeral liturgy, “Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine” – “Give them eternal rest, O Lord”. This performance of Duruflé’s supremely beautiful setting is dedicated to Nova Scotians and all Canadians who have lost their lives to Covid-19.

Evensong for The Eve of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Evensong for The Eve of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, sung by the University of King’s College Chapel Choir, directed by Paul Halley. The anthem is “Annunciation”, a newly composed piece by Paul Halley based on the poem by Marie Howe (commissioned in honour of The Reverend Dr Gary Thorne on the 40th anniversary of his ordination to Holy Orders on March 25, 2021).

The University of King’s College Chapel Choir – Evensong for the Feast of St Patrick

Introit: Hear My Prayer by H. Purcell
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: The Evening Service in Ab by E. Rubbra
Anthem: Salvator Mundi, Salva Nos by J. Blow
Organ Voluntary: Outer Hebrides by P. Halley

Recorded in the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax

The University of King’s College Chapel Choir – Evensong Lent III

The University of King’s College Chapel Choir broadcasts Evensong from the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax. Nick Halley plays the organ voluntary, Psalm Prelude (Set I No. 3) by Herbert Howells,
at the end of the service! Other featured music includes Hide Not Thy Face by R. Farrant, The Collegium Regale Service by H. Howells, and Ne Irascaris, Domine by W. Byrd.

The University of King’s College Chapel Choir Evensong – Lent II

The University of King’s College Chapel Choir (Halifax, NS) continues to broadcast Evensong on Wednesdays during Lent. This week’s broadcast features music by de la Rue, Arvo Pärt and Poulenc.

Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir broadcasts Choral Evensong – Feb 21, 2021

The men and boys of Capella Regalis, under the direction of Nick Halley, sang their first Evensong of term on the First Sunday in Lent. The service was audio-video recorded in the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, and is now available at the link below. You can also view or download the service bulletin [PDF] below.  

Listen to Choral Evensong on YouTube

Dinuk Wijeratne Trio at the CBC – full

New videos from the CBC’s East Coast Music Hour

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 – University Of King’s College Chapel Choir, Paul Halley, Nick Halley

Live performance recording of the Vespers of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi. Performed and recorded on April 17, 2016 by the University of King’s College Chapel Choir, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Directed by Paul Halley. With soloists Hélène Brunet (soprano), Janelle Lucyk (soprano), Sarah Myatt, (mezzo-soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), Philippe Gagné (tenor), Martin Auclair (bass); David Greenberg (concertmaster); instrumentalists from Canada, U.S.A., and the U.K., and the boy choristers of Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir. Full credits appear at the end of the video.