The centrepiece of the concert is the haunting and inspirational Celtic Mass for the Sea by Nova Scotia composer Scott Macmillan, a compelling fusion of Celtic texts and traditional melodies.
The Chorus performs together with the Festival String Orchestra and a Celtic ensemble of Irish harp, pipes, mandolin, fiddle, and guitars. The concert also features carols from the Irish, Welsh, and Cornish traditions, as well as the ever-popular audience sing-a-long.
The Festival Chorus is one of Calgary’s longest standing community choirs. Under the artistic direction of Mel Kirby, the 60-voice chorus performs three concerts per season.