Admirers of choral music are urged to attend choral evensong at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Gibsons on Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. The program will feature music by Thomas Tomkins and Healey Willan.
For the first time on the Coast, voices will be accompanied by a consort of viols for the service. These six-stringed, fretted instruments were widespread during the Renaissance period but faded when their intimate sound was overshadowed by the growing violin family. A resurgence of early music in the mid-20th century led to a revival of the viol, which has now reached the Sunshine Coast.
Director David Poon promises a time of contemplation and reflection, aided by the sounds of 17th-century England amongst the peace of a calming afternoon liturgy.