MUSIC

To view music and service details for upcoming services, please view our Calendar and select a specific service.


Since the singing of plainchant by monks, liturgical music which accompanies worship has evolved in many ways. Music forms and integral part of the weekly services at St. George’s. It is chosen to reflect the scripture readings and liturgical themes of the Sunday. It is in itself an offering to God, inspirational to others and lends beauty to the service of worship.

Music sung at St. George’s covers a wide range of periods from the 16th century to the present. We combine the English cathedral choral tradition with the needs and desires of the congregation to be actively involved in the liturgy of the church.

The hymn book in use at St. George’s is the full music edition of the 1998 hymn book of the Anglican Church of Canada, Common Praise. To assist the congregation, the weekly leaflet includes much of the music sung during the service.

St. George’s is an excellent location for the many recitals held here each year, with its good acoustics, large seating capacity, Steinway grand piano, and Hill Norman and Beard/Casavant pipe organ.

Several local music teachers use St. George’s as a venue to hold recitals of their music students. As well, groups such as the Winnipeg Girl’s Choir hold recitals and rehearsals here.


Winnipeg Music Festival Participation and Awards

Every March, a number of youth from the parish take part in the annual Winnipeg Music Festival. Many of our young talent have gone on to win and compete in the highest levels of the festival.

Stewart M. Thomson Trophy

The Stewart M. Thomson trophy was donated to the Winnipeg Music Festival in 2004 by members of his family. This trophy is awarded for the most outstanding performance in Boys Vocal classes, 10 years of age and under.

Stewart Thomson was born into a musical Winnipeg family in 1930. In 1954, he became Deputy Organist of St. George’s Anglican Church, Crescentwood, directed by his predecessor Donald Leggat, whom he succeeded as Organist and Choirmaster on January 1, 1956. Stewart was organist and choirmaster for 50 years until June 2005.

Stewart Thomson developed and maintained a tradition of choral excellence with St. George’s Anglican Men and Boys’ Choir, the last of its kind in Western Canada. In training the boy’s (treble) voice over the years, he developed hundreds of singers many of whom have become trophy winners and accomplished musicians in their own right.

Stewart Thomson died on October 27, 2008 and a service celebrating his life and accomplishments was held on Monday, November 3, 2008 at St. George’s.



Outside Parish – Travels to other Parishes

In the past, St. George’s Choir has traveled to other parishes in Manitoba and Ontario to sing services.Parishes include St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Brandon, St. Paul’s Cathedral in Thunder Bay, and St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Dauphin. Most recently, the choir traveled to Lincoln, England to sing the daily services at the great medieval Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was an amazing experience and future similar travel is under consideration.