Concerts

Robertson-Wesley in concert

Concert Calendar

Other Concerts

The acoustics of the sanctuary make Robertson-Wesley a popular venue for concerts. Both Robertson-Wesley United Church and the Robertson-Wesley Music Society host a variety of concerts every year – to see upcoming events, click the concert link above.

Many groups outside of Robertson-Wesley rent the sanctuary for one-time concerts, and there are two musical groups which reside within Robertson-Wesley during the year and rehearse and present concerts here and elsewhere in the city. They are:

Alberta Baroque Ensemble

and

Cantilon Choirs

Concert Details

R-W Ringers Handbell Concert

2014 May 25, Sunday. 11:30 am

The Ringers will play their final handbell concert of the season after church on May 25. The concert will be about 1 hour long. Our special guest is Matthew McGuigan, who will be conducting two pieces.

No admission charge - freewill offering. Tell all the handbell lovers!

Chamber Concert

2013 March 8, Saturday. 7:00 pm

Join the Taylor String Quartet for "From Russia with Love", featuring Shostakovich's Piano Quintet Op.57 with pianist Andrew Sims. The program will also include jazz, tangos, rags and a little Rossini.

The Taylor String Quartet was formed in 2012 primarily from teachers at the Conservatory of Music at Taylor. They are Deborah Chang and Amy Kao, violin, Leslie Mahr, viola and Ian Woodman, cello.

Admission is by freewill donation.

The poster can be viewed by clicking here.

Robertson-Wesley Ringers Perform at the Muttart Conservatory

2013 Dec 8, Sunday. 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The Muttart Conservatory hosts many special events during the year, and December is no exception. The Robertson-Wesley Ringers will be playing at the Muttart for a special event - "Jack Frost Holiday Event"

The ringers will provide lots of holiday favourite music to help patrons get into the Christmas spirit. They will be performing in centre court.

Regular Muttart admission applies.

Visit The city's event page for more information

Lessons and Carols

A very special service takes place at R-W Sun., Dec. 15 at 4:00 p.m.

The choir of Robertson-Wesley hosts Lessons and Carols. This is an afternoon of traditional congregational carols, scripture readings and music sung by the Choir of Robertson-Wesley, directed by Tammy-Jo Mortensen and accompanied by Belinda Chiang. The music includes several traditional favourites as well as choral pieces by several composers; including Bob Chilcott, Egil Hovland, and Canadian Stephen Chatman.
The gentle beauty of the dissipating winter light combined with the music, candles and the Christmas story creates a magical afternoon.
No charge, freewill offering. Come and bring your friends and neighbours.

For more information call Tammy-Jo at 780-482-1587 or email music@rwuc.org

Duruflé's Requiem and Gounod's Messe Solennelle de Saint Cecilé

Choral Concert celebrates the life of St. Cecilia - the patron saint of music - and gives thanks for others who have gone before us!

The Choirs of Robertson-Wesley United Church, Knox-Metropolitan United Church and friends have joined together to present a choral concert on Friday, November 22 at 7:30 pm at Robertson-Wesley United Church.

The works to be performed are Requiem, Op. 9 by French 20th century composer Maurice Duruflé, and the not-often-heard large choral work Messe Solennelle de Saint Cecilé by Romantic French composer Charles Gounod. The concert will begin with a celebratory piece in praise of music, "Song Forever New," by the Canadian composer Mark Sirett. The concert is being dedicated to the memory of Margaret (Peg) Matheson, who passed away in August. She was a long-time member and chorister of Robertson-Wesley and a stalwart in the choral community in Edmonton. The Sirett piece, written in 2009, was dedicated to Peg and other choristers who have contributed much to the music program at Robertson-Wesley over the years.

The music will be performed by the choirs and a chamber orchestra consisting of some of Edmonton's finest string and wind players, along with a trio of Edmonton's most sought-after vocal soloists: Judith Richardson, soprano; Robert Clark, tenor and David Wilson, baritone. Leading the choir and orchestra will be conductor Tammy-Jo Mortensen with Warren Mack at the organ.

Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and seniors and are available at the door at R-W

Darkness and Light

A Concert full of contrast

The Choir of Robertson-Wesley United Church and the University of Alberta Graduate Recital Choir join together to present a programme called "Light and Darkness" on Friday, 2011 April 1, at 8 pm at Robertson-Wesley United Church.

This concert will feature Canadian composer Eleanor Daley's haunting Requiem as well as music by Byrd. The first half of the program will be sung by the Choir of Robertson-Wesley, and will feature soloists Claire Rolheiser, soprano and Michael Kurschat, baritone. The second half of the concert will be performed by U of A Graduate Recital Choir, and chamber orchestra, and will feature soprano soloist, Kimberley Taylor. The U of A Choir will present a wide variety of pieces spanning four centuries and the texts speak about night and day, darkness and light, sleeping and waking, as well as death and life.

Leading the choir and orchestra will be conductor Tammy-Jo Mortensen. This concert is in partial fulfillment of a Masters Degree in Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta.

There is no admission charge for this concert.

Romantic Chamber Music

Review

On Sunday February 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm, some of Edmonton’s top chamber musicians will perform a Romantic Chamber Music concert at Robertson-Wesley. The concert is a fundraising event in support of the United Voices of Edmonton’s trip to England in August 2011. Tickets, available at the door, and in advance at the office are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

The musical selections for Romantic Chamber Music include music from Johannes Brahms, Carl Reinecke, and other Romantic German composers and will feature piano, horn, violin, oboe, and singers. Special guest pianist Robin Phillips, a pianist and vocal coach with the Karlsruhe State Opera in Germany, will accompany soprano Judith Richardson in a set of German Lieder. Robin will be joined by pianist Andrew Sims to play the piano four-hands accompaniment for Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, which will be sung by soloists. Andrew will also perform in the Brahms’ trio with French horn player Laura Snyder and violinist Marie Krejcar. Along with oboist Beth Levia and pianist Tammy-Jo Mortensen, Laura Snyder will also be featured in the Reinecke Trio in a minor for oboe, horn and piano.

Mozart

A celebration of Mozart's 255th birthday! Sat. Jan. 29 at 7 pm, featuring many young artists from our community as well as the Robertson-Wesley and Knox-Metropolitan Choirs singing ?Missa Brevis? by Mozart. Tickets are $10. Tickets will be available beginning Jan. 9.

Baroque Flute and Harpsichord

a very unique concert -- an opportunity to hear a Baroque flute played by Henri Gauci with Tammy-Jo Mortensen on the harpsichord. Sunday, Jan. 23 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for student/seniors. Tickets will be available beginning Jan. 9.

Tom Jackson's "Singing for your Supper" concert

Monday, December 13, 6 pm

Actor and musician Tom Jackson brings an entourage of musicians across Canada in December to raise money for various cities Food Banks. Come hear the Robertson-Wesley Ringers, other opening acts and Tom Jackson! Tickets available at Robertson-Wesley and Edmonton's Food Bank soon.

Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 12, 4 pm

This is a beautiful service of interwoven readings and music. As the light dissipates outside, we light more and more candles inside. The Choir of Robertson-Wesley is featured, along with choir soloists, and guest organist Belinda Chiang, all under the direction of Tammy-Jo Mortensen. No admission charge, freewill offering.

Medieval Mayhem Feast and Silent Auction

Fri. Oct. 15, 2010 Memorial Hall 6 pm
Step back in time with a night of medieval merriment. Enjoy melodious music, fantastic food and raucous rabblerousing. Lords, ladies and peasants alike are welcome. If you can, come in your favourite medieval costume. But beware! Brave knights abound and are ready to fight.
Tickets available in the church office. $60 in advance ($65 after Oct. 1)
which includes a $25 tax receipt.
Cheques should be made out to the Robertson-Wesley Music Society.
In support of the United Voices of Edmonton trip to England in August 2010.

If Music Be the Food of Love

2010 June 27, Sunday at 2 pm West Coast Soprano Nancy Washeim returns to Robertson-Wesley for a concert of music of the English composer Purcell as a fundraiser for the United Voices of Edmonton England tour!  Nancy is an early music specialist and her captivating voice will be joined by soprano Jill Hoogewoonink, cellist Ronda Metzies and harpsichordist Tammy-Jo Mortensen.  Tickets are available through the church office for $15, and the concert will include an intermission of English dainties and cordial.

Te Deum!  Give Praise!

Choral Concert full of exuberance and joy to celebrate the Easter season!

The Choirs of Robertson-Wesley United Church, Knox-Metropolitan United Church and the Willan Chorale have joined together to present a programme called “Te Deum”.  There will be two performances of two works – the orchestral and choral masterpiece - Te Deum Laudamus by French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier and an orchestral ballet suite by Jean-Baptiste Lully. The first performance will be Sunday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Knox-Metropolitan United Church (8307-109 Street) and a repeat performance on Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Robertson-Wesley United Church (10209-123 Street).

Sponsored by the Robertson-Wesley Music Society, the choir’s performance of Te Deum Laudamus will present a celebratory text for the Easter season.  Both works are filled with exuberant joy and the elated triumph of light over the darkness, love over death.

The two works will be performed by the choirs and a chamber orchestra consisting of some of Edmonton’s finest string players.  Leading the choir and orchestra will be conductors/organists Warren Mack and Tammy-Jo Mortensen and the featured soloists are the much sought-after singers around Edmonton – Kimberley Taylor, soprano, Adrienne Sitko, mezzo-soprano, Ron Long, tenor, and Michael Kurschat, baritone.   

There will be a freewill offering for the morning (April 18) performance at Knox-Metropolitan United, and tickets for the Robertson-Wesley United evening (April 24) performance are $15/adults and $10/students and seniors and are available at the door at Robertson-Wesley United Church (10209-123 Street).  All monies raised will go toward a choral tour in England planned for August 2011.

For more information call Tammy-Jo at 780-482-1587 or music@rwuc.org

Cambodia Support Concert

Piano and voice concert given by Arne Sahlen and Hy Chanthavouth, Tuesday, May 18 at 7:30 pm in the R-W Sanctuary.  Vouth is a young man from Cambodia, who has been brought to Canada by the Cambodia Support Group in Canada.  He has AMAZING talent and an exceptional tenor voice, and has been given the opportunity for training in Canada.  He gives back to his community as much as possible raising funds for the poor in Cambodia and Canada, and works with the disabled and children.  A freewill offering will be collected in support of the Cambodia Support Group and the Robertson-Wesley Music Society for the choral trip to England.  Come hear amazing young talent and support two causes!

Two Sopranos

Sunday, May 30, 2 pm – Two Sopranos concert….you’ve heard of the Three Tenors, well, come hear Two Sopranos!  Jill Hoogewoonink and Caroline De Grave share some marvelous music with a concert titled “Musings” in the Robertson-Wesley sanctuary.  The freewill offering proceeds will go to the Mission and Service Fund as well as an audition tour for Jill.

Hand Bells

Sunday, June 6, 11:30 am – Robertson-Wesley Ringers and guests in concert.  Hear some wonderful, challenging, and familiar bell music.  Special guests include percussionist Bob Fenske.  Freewill offering.