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Portrait of Don Menzies

This portrait was presented to Don Menzies by Westminster Church at a luncheon held at the Church on October 16, 2016 in honour of his 50 years as Organist of the Church. The artist is a long time member of the church, Robert Burton.

Westminster Church Choir presents Gabriel Fauré’s REQUIEM

Gabriel Fauré 1845-1924

Gabriel Fauré
1845-1924

Remembrance Sunday
November 13th, 2016 10:30 AM

Two years ago, Westminster Choir and its soloists presented Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. This year the choir performs yet another classic work, Romantic composer Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem.

This Requiem is a large departure from the work of Mozart, as its music and language no longer dwell on judgment and doomsday, but rather focus on grace, hope, and peace.

The work is just over thirty minutes long, and while not as technically difficult as other pieces in the genre, is musically challenging. Pitfalls concerning phrasing, language and vocal control abound in every movement.

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Upcoming events

A Wolseley cornerstone

Canstar Community News did a lovely feature and video on our 125th Anniversary! The in-depth article is here, but first, enjoy the video above!

Mark Damisch in concert
7:30 pm, Sunday, 16 September 2018

Westminster Church is presenting Chicago based pianist Mark Damisch in concert performing a Gershwin/Copland program. Mr. Damisch has been performing concerts all over the world since he was a teenager. He donates all benefits from performances to local charity causes and to date has raised over $1 million for non-profit organizations worldwide. He takes no fee for concerts and pays his own air and hotels. His program at Westminster will include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, American in Paris, I’ve Got Rhythm along with Copland’s Rodeo and a portion of the Billy the Kid suite. Check out his web site.

Tickets are $15.00 and will be available at the door. All proceeds from this event will be shared between Bell Tower Community Café and 1JustCity.

Westminster United Church and Wolseley Community response to the fires

Thank you to everyone who came out to the community BBQ on April 30th. Community response was generous as Wolseley neighbours and Westminster folk came together to donate clothing, household items and money, as well as share food and enjoy each other’s company. Those who wished to do so, were invited to participate in a focused conversation and debriefing about the fire experience.

The cash collected was very generous and included $250.00 donated by the fire fighters. Each household has taken what they can use of the goods donated and what is left will be donated to the Bell Tower Community Café. The cash will be shared among the six individuals directly affected by the fire — four adults and two children. Costs associated with the BBQ were covered through donations specifically made for that purpose.

Once again, Westminster thanks all for their generous care and support of our neighbours.