The S. Bart’s Choir

The choir, under the direction of Katherine Hill, sings at Sunday mass throughout the year, as well as at other feasts and services, including Christmas eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Corpus Christi and Ascension Day. This dedicated group of nine volunteers, aged 17-73, sings a wide range of music for liturgy, including Gregorian chant and polyphony of the 14th to 16th centuries, as well as a wide variety of later repertoire (English Cathedral and Collegiate music, Sacred Harp, Eastern Orthodox hymns, Baroque motets, new compositions, and motets and mass settings by Healey Willan). Music for liturgy is regularly enhanced by instrumentalists from the ranks of the choir, playing recorder, viola da gamba, trumpet and medieval fiddle. We are always happy to welcome new members.

Please contact the choir director through the office for more information.

Katherine Hill in the church balconyKatherine Hill, Choir Director

Katherine Hill enjoyed an early education in Anglican church music with Catherine Palmer (a student of Healey Willan’s), at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto. This early influence led to a lifelong interest in early European text and music, both sacred and secular, and Katherine now maintains a freelance career as a performer with early music groups here in Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. She is also a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies, where she researched the presence of the oldest forms of Western musical notation in Old Saxon Gospel poetry.

Since 2003, Katherine has been particularly interested in music from medieval convents and women’s religious communities, and has researched and directed concert performances of this repertoire in Amsterdam, Calgary and Toronto. She sings regularly in the series Sacred Music in a Sacred Space at Trinity College Chapel.