1970’s

Concerts History


December 21, 1979
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
With the boys of the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer. Brian Trevor, conductor. Martin Chambers, tenor.
Jubilate Deo – Gabrielli
Make a Joyful Noise – R. Vaughan Williams
Saint Nicolas – Britten.


June 8, 1979
Wesley United Church
John Searchfield, director. Loralee Monro, soprano, Roy Glover, tenor. Margaret Robson, organ.
Dido and Aeneas. Henry Purcell
Magnificat. Pergolesi
Two French Canadian Songs. Violet Archer
A Song from the Odes of Solomon. Dean Blair. Blair was commissioned by the Festival Chorus in conjunction with the Alberta Composers association to compose a work for the Twentieth Anniversary Season.


April 18, 1979
Jubilee Auditorium
Twentieth Anniversary Concert. With the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. John Searchfield, director. Rosemarie Landry, soprano, Gary Relyea, baritone. Keneth DeLong, assistant conductori. Dorothy Millar, chorus accompanist.
A Sea Symphony. R. Vaughan Williams


December 1978


June 9, 1978
Wesley United Church
John Searchfield, conductor. Marilyn Engle, pianist. Eugene Cramer, Margaret Robson, Janet Kirkley, guest artists.
Lobet Den Herrn, Alle Heiden – J.S. Bach
Four Folk Songs – J. Brahms
Gloria Deo Per Immensa Saecula – Healey Willan
Prayer of St. Francis – Barrie Cavena
In Flanders Fields – Derek Healey
Les Raftsmen – Ruth Watson
Horrortorio – Joseph Horovitz


March 15, 1978
Jubilee Auditorium
Festival Chorus with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. John Searchfield, conductor. Rosemary Landry, soprano. Elizabeth Hicks, contralto. Glyn Evans, tenor. Bernard Turgeon, bass.
Elijah – Mendelssohn


December 15, 1977
Messiah – Handel


June 3, 1977
Wesley United Church
John Searchfield, conductor. Charles Foreman, pianist.
Liebeslieder Waltzes – Johannes Brahms
Piano duet: M. Robson and P. Borgford
Chansons Francaise – Francis Poulenc
Chichester Psalms – Bernstein


December 15, 1976
Knox United Church
Festival Chorus and Orchestra. John Searchfield, conductor. Lois Marsh, soprano. Elizabeth Hicks, contralto. Eugene Cramer, tenor. James Bechtel, bass.
Mass in B Minor – J.S. Bach


June 2, 1976
Festival Chorus and Orchestra. Loralee Monro, soprano. Nora Rose, soprano. Eugene Cramer, tenor. Alan Monk, baritone.
Judas Maccabaeus – Handel


April 7, 1976
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
“Bach to Bales” Gerald Bales, conductor. John Searchfield, organist. CBC String orchestra.
Te Deum Laudamus – Gerald Bales
Christ Lag in Todesbanden – J.S. Bach
Concerto for Organ and Strings – Bales
Psalm Cantata – Bales


February 2, 1976
Yates Memorial Center
With the Lethbridge Symphony Association.
Mass in A Flat – Schubert
Christmas Music as above
Under the Greenwood Tree – Moeran
The Dark-Eyed Saylor – R. Vaughan Williams
Nonsense Songs – Kelsey


December 5, 1975
Knox United Church
John Searchfield, conductor. L. Burton, organ. Barbara Newman, soprano. Elizabeth Cragie, alto. Gerald Crowdis, tenor. Alex McKay, bass.
Mass in A Flat – Schubert
Echo Carol
Christo Paremus Cantica
Quem Pastores Laudavere
Sleep Baby Sleep
Ave Maria Stella
What Cheer
Christmas Cantata – Geoffrey Bush


June 4, 1975
Glenn Mossop, conductor. Margaret Robson, accompanist. Frances Ginzer, soprano. Barbara Hawkins, clarinet. Cameron Watson, piano.
Christus Factus Est – F. Anerio
Tu Es Petrus – Palastrina
Songs for Voice and Clarinet from Six German Songs – Louis Spohr
Gypsy Songs – J. Brahms
Frostiana – Randall Thompson; poetry, Robert Frost


March 26, 1975
Central United Church
John Searchfield, director. Laralee Monroe, Eugene Cramer, David Tatchell, soloists.
The Creation – Franz Joseph Haydn


December 1974
Christmas “The Star of Bethlehem” Joseph Rheinberger
“Sing Noel”
A Babe is Born
Adam Lay Ybounden
An Austrian Carol
Good King Wenceslas
Infant Holy
Oh Leave Your Sheep
The Coventry Carol
There is No Rose of Such Virtue
Thou Whom Shepherds Worshipped
Unto Us is Born a Son
When Christ was Born of Mary Free


June 13, 1974
A Community Overture Series at Canmore.


June 5, 1974
Knox United Church
John Searchfield, conductor. With the St. Cecilia Singers. Allan Monk, soloist. Margaret Robson, Organist.
Hymn to St. Cecilia – Britten.
Five Mystical Songs – R. Vaughan Williams.
Mixxa Choralis – Liszt.


April 12, 1974
John Searchfield, conductor. Soloists: Phyllis Thomson, Lois Varga, Roy Glover, Allan Monk.
My Heart is Inditing – Purcell.
Requiem – Mozart.


December 8, 1973
Knox United Church
At Three Hills December 14, 1973
Christmas Concert “Gloria in Excelsis” John Searchfield, director, Terence Fullerton, accompanist. Judy Coker and Susan Bell, violins. Julia Phillips, harp.
Gloria in Excelcis Thomas Weelkes
Messa a quatro voci da Capella Monteverdi
Song of the Birth of our Lord
Jesus Christ Charpentier
A Ceremony of Carols Britten


June 6, 1973
John Searchfield, conductor. Elfi Gleusson, accompanist. David Dunbar, baritone. Laurie Lindsey, violin.
Song of Destiny – Brahms.
The Messengers of Speech – R. Vaughan Williams.
Three English Folk Songs
So You Want to Write a Fugue – Gould
Italian Salad Genee


April 11, 1973
Jubilee Auditorium
With the Festival Orchestra. John Searchfield, director. Soloists: Roy Glover, Robin Fullalove, Douglas Walker, Loralee Monro, Nora Rose, Arthur Wiebe, Ronald Beringham, Patrice Borgford, John Cumming, Lawrence Moon.
St. John Passion. J.S. Bach.


December 15, 1972
Knox United Church
“Sing Noel” John Searchfield, conductor. Nora Searchfield, organ.
Magnificat – Buxtehude.
Messe Solennelle – Langlais.
Christmas Cantata – G. Bush.


June 6, 1972
John Searchfield, conductor. Terence Fullerton, organist. Loralee Monro, David Dunbar, soloists.
A German Requiem. Brahms.


April 28, 1972
Jubilee Auditorium
With the Festival Orchestra. John Searchfield, conductor. Soloists: Loralee Monro, Robert Glover, Nora Rose, Douglas Walker, Erin Wood, Katie Johnson.
Solomon. Handel.


December 7, 1971
Knox United Church
John Searchfield, Director. Soloists: Loralee Monro, Lawrence Glover, Diedre Sister, Rowland Hill, Douglas Walker.
Magnificat – J.S. Bach.
The Coming of Christ – Holst.


June 9, 1971
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
With the Choir of the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer. John Searchfield, director. Soloists: Loralee Monro, Lawrence Glover, Dierdre Sister, Rowland Hill, Douglas Walker. At Knox United Church.
Jesu, Priceless Treasure – Bach. John Searchfield, conductor. Bruce Wheatcroft, organ.
Festival Cantata: Rejoice in the Lamb – Britten.


April 9, 1971
Jubilee Auditorium
With the Festival Orchestra. John Searchfield, conductor. Soloists: Polyna Savridi, Loralee Monro, Nora McLean, Robert Glover and Anthony Petti.
Mass in D Minor (Nelson Mass) – Haydn.
Donna Nobis Pacem – Vaughan Williams.


December 9, 1970
John Searchfield, conductor. Terence Fullerton and Elizabeth Challice, organists.
Te Deum. Kodaly.
Christmas Cantata. Scarlatti.
Various other carols.


May 26, 1970, 1970
University of Calgary
With the Calgary Ballet Company. John Searchfield, director.
Three Folk Songs – Brahms.
Highways – Jacob. Hugh Gimber, soloist.
Two Flower Songs – Britten.
Folk Songs of Canada – Richard Johnston, arr.


March 27, 1970
Jubilee Auditorium
John Searchfield, director. Soloists: Loralee Monro, Joan Hartley, Carol Holder, Robert Glover, William Palmer.
Mass in B Minor – J.S. Bach



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