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:
Robertson-Wesley is hosting a noon-hour concert series again this Advent, for the four Thursdays in December. The concerts will run from 12:10–12:50 p.m., and admission is by freewill offering with donations for the performers and for the Robertson-Wesley Music Society.
2016 Dec 11, Sunday at 4:00 pm
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. The gentle beauty of the dissipating winter light combined with the music, candles and the Christmas story creates a magical afternoon.
Please come and invite your friends and neighbours! This has become a favourite tradition for many.
No charge, freewill offering.
2016 Oct 1, Saturday at 9:00 am
Are you a new singer? Do you read music? Do you want to learn more about singing? Are you a singer with some experience and want a thrilling challenge? Are you a more experienced singer and want to have fun and be leaders in an exciting format?
If you answered yes to any of these questions—then the "Concert in a Day" experience is a perfect one for you! We are a group of choral conducting colleagues who want to give singers of all levels and abilities a wonderful day-long, retreat-like experience of meeting other singers, learning a new work, attending workshops and working with various choral conductors. There's something for everyone!
Saturday, October 1 is the day for us to get together! The retreat is being hosted at Robertson-Wesley United Church and will be led by conductor, Stuart Sladden. It will incorporate workshops with Kimberley Taylor-McMann and Dr. Evelyn Grieger and break-out sectionals with Warren Mack Graham Fast, and Allison Pauls. We will work on the 30 minute Mozart Vespers all day together and at the end of the day—perform it for family and friends!
What's the best part of this day? The food? The workshops? The final run-through of the work to show people how much we've learned—with soloists and an ORCHESTRA? That music scores are provided? The fact that it's at no cost to you???
There IS no cost to enjoy this day! All the leaders, soloists and orchestra members are donating their time. We will be supporting two charities which you could make a donation to in lieu of a registration fee. E4C is an agency which operates in all four quadrants of the City of Edmonton. Their main areas of work are: Shelter and Housing, Food Security, Education and Skill Development, and Community and Connection. The other charitable organization will be the Edmonton Food Bank which works collaboratively with over 230 organizations in Edmonton to distribute food to those in need and to seek solutions to the causes of hunger. To attend, you can make a monetary donation to E4C or a monetary or non-perishable food donation to the Food Bank—or support both charities! The "ticket price" for audience members who come to listen at the end of the day is the same—a donation to one or both agencies.
So come! Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9 am to work and play til about 7:30 pm at Robertson-Wesley United Church (10209-123 Street). For lunch, bring your own bag lunch or frequent one of the nearby restaurants that were hit hard by the Groat Road Bridge closure. For supper, bring $5 to partake in a pizza feast. No cost for the musical sessions, all levels of experience welcome, lots of food and fun, and no stress!
For more information, contact Stuart Sladden—firstname.lastname@example.org or Tammy-Jo Mortensen email@example.com or 780-482-1587, or Evelyn Grieger, 780-217-4436, firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Oct 28, Friday at 11:00 pm
Come to a late, late night concert featuring the pipe organ at Robertson-Wesley United Church and its organist, Tammy-Jo Mortensen, for some Halloween Weekend spooky organ music. Enjoy the mysterious atmosphere and treats! Tickets available at the church, and at the door. $15 adults
2016 Jul 23, Saturday at 3:00 pm
The lovely violin stylings of Ewald Cheung, along with Tammy-Jo and other musicians will entertain you with some beautiful, familiar classical and light music while you have tea!
2016 May 29, Sunday, 11:30 am
The Robertson-Wesley Ringers handbell choir will play a concert of varied repertoire on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 11:30 am at Robertson-Wesley. The concert will feature several instrumentalists, as well as guest conductor, Stuart Sladden. This concert is the final performance of the season, in preparation for their trip to Vancouver to attend the International Handbell Symposium.
Admission by donation.
2016 Apr 16, Saturday, 7:30 pm
Carnegie Hall preview concert full of contrast between Light and Darkness in the music of Gabriel Fauré and Morten Lauridsen
The Choirs of Robertson-Wesley United Church, Knox-Metropolitan United Church and Willan Chorale have joined forces as the United Voices of Edmonton to present a programme called "Light and Darkness" with two performances of Lux Aeterna by 21st century American composer Morten Lauridsen. The service and concert will be a preview to their New York City trip to perform the Lauridsen work in Carnegie Hall. The first performance of Lux Aeterna will be Sunday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. during the service at Avonmore United Church—now called United on Whyte (7909-82 Avenue). The second performance will be a concert, and the choir will also sing Requiem by the Romantic French composer Gabriel Fauré. The concert will take place on Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Robertson-Wesley United Church (10209-123 Street).
These two works complement each other so beautifully with their lovely, soaring melodies and intense settings of the texts. Fauré is well known in the choral community for singable lyric melodies, accessible music, and Lauridsen, while not performed very often in Edmonton has similar qualities with intense harmonies and lush writing.
Leading the choir and chamber orchestra will be conductor Warren Mack and the featured soloists are two Edmontonians, soprano Claire Rolheiser and tenor Tyler Kuhnert.
There will be a freewill offering for the morning performance at United on Whyte, and tickets for the Robertson-Wesley United evening performance are $15/adults and $10/students and seniors and are available in advance at the church office or at the door at Robertson-Wesley United Church (10209-123 Street).
Come support these three choirs as they join forces as United Voices of Edmonton to make their Carnegie Hall debut!
2016 Apr 10, Sunday, 10:30 am
Choir of Robertson-Wesley United & Choir of Knox-Metropolitan United and orchestra present Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna"
Avonmore United Church (7909 82 Ave), Edmonton—Freewill offering
2016 Thursdays, 12:10 pm to 12:50 pm
Robertson-Wesley is hosting a noon-hour recital series this Lent, for five Thursdays in February and March. The concerts will run from 12:10-12:50, and admission is by freewill offering with donations for the performers and for the Robertson-Wesley Music Society.
2016 Jan 30, Saturday, 6:00 pm
The choir will once again be presenting a cabaret in the dead of winter. If you need a getaway, you can take advantage of this HOT night in Memorial Hall. A tropical luau dinner, great entertainment and then dance the night away with the hit of the show last year—the surf band The Tsunami Brothers. Saturday, January 30 at 6 pm. Tickets on sale this week. $25 early bird til Jan. 13. We sold out early last year, so plan your trip to the tropics now!
2015 Dec 10, Sunday, 7:30 pm
The Robertson-Wesley Ringers will be featured at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on Thursday Dec. 10 at 7:30 pm. Beautiful handbell music, hot chocolate and the dazzling lights on the grounds of the Legislature—how can you go wrong?
2015 Dec 3, 10, 17 Thursdays, 12:10 pm to 12:50 pm
Robertson-Wesley is hosting a noon-hour recital series this Advent, for the three Thursdays in December. The concerts will run from 12:10-12:50, and admission is by freewill offering with donations for the performers and for the Robertson-Wesley Music Society in support of the Robertson-Wesley Ringers trip to the International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver, and the Choir of Robertson-Wesley's trip to New York City to sing in Carnegie Hall. The series will feature many musicians closely associated with R-W.
Dec 10- Ultrafox: Amber Torguson, oboe and Adam Pappas, violin. Dec 17- Enterprise String Quartet.
2015 Jun 28, Sunday, 1:00 pm
The choir members are thinking about our upcoming trip—one year from yesterday—when we will be standing on the stage of Carnegie Hall, singing with the Knox-Metropolitan United Church choir, the Willan Chorale and a massed choir of over 100 others! To that end, we are having a fundraising concert. Join several of the R-W vocalists as they have a grand time in sharing some of the wonderful tunes from various Broadway hit musicals. Sunday, June 28 at 1:00 at Robertson-Wesley.
Admission to the concert is by donation.
For more information please call Tammy-Jo at 780-482-1587 Ext. 230 or email@example.com
2015 Jun 7, Sunday
The Robertson-Wesley Ringers handbell choir with conductor and organist Tammy-Jo Mortensen and special guests flautist Matthew McGuigan and percussionist Scott Davidchuk will play a concert of varied repertoire on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 11:30 am at Robertson-Wesley United Church. This concert is the final performance of the season, and will include some lively pieces for handbells which will appeal to you visually and musically.
The Robertson-Wesley Ringers play at a very advanced level, and will be performing on five octaves of Mallmark handbells and choir chimes. They have been invited to play at many different events, have recorded for CBC, and have travelled to international handbell symposia in Japan and Australia. Their conductor, Tammy-Jo Mortensen, was chosen as the Canadian conductor for the International Handbell Symposium in Jeju, Korea this past summer. They will be attending the next International Symposium—in 2016 when Canada hosts again in Vancouver.
In this concert, they will take the audience on a journey around the world, interpreting newly-composed pieces for handbells including a world premiere by composer Betty Radford, as well as music from Taiwan, South Africa, Spirituals, and France and Ireland.
The R-W Ringers have several press photos and CDs are available for audio samples upon request.
Admission to the concert is by donation.
For more information please call Tammy-Jo at 780-482-1587 Ext. 230 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 Jan 31, Saturday.
Wishing you could take a trip to Waikiki this winter but don't feel like hopping on a jet? Why not let the beach come to you instead? For one night only, Sat. Jan. 31, the choir of Robertson-Wesley is providing you with a passport to the tropics including a feast fit for the finest luau, tropical tunes, sounds of ukeleles, prizes, games and more. Guest stars, The Tsunami Brothers, will be bringing their 4-piece retro band to entertain you with popular surf music.
We'll be selling tickets following service on Sun. Dec 21, in case you're looking for a stocking stuffer, and then again on Jan. 11, 18 & 25. Early Bird: $25/ticket on or prior to January 18. $30 after this date.
For info., please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Aloha!
2014 Dec 14, Sunday. 4:00 pm
The service of Lessons and Carols takes place at Robertson-Wesley United Church. 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 Canadian composers Mark Sirett and Alfred Whitehead and American composer Morten Lauridsen. 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. Please come and invite your friends and neighbours! This has become a favourite tradition for many.
2014 Dec 4, Thursday. 7:00 pm
The Robertson-Wesley Ringers play a 45 min. concert of seasonal favourites for our friends at Canterbury (8403—142 Street), with guest soloist Beth Levia, oboe.
2014 Nov 30, Sunday. 2:00 pm
There's a new brass quintet in town—Bacchanalia Brass—and they're playing their debut concert here at R-W! Featuring: Joel Gray, trumpet; Russ Whitehead, trumpet; Megan Evans, horn; Alden Lowry, trombone; and Hannah Gray, tuba.
Admission by donation which includes wine and cheesecake! They will also be playing for our service on Dec. 21.
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!
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.
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
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
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.