Music plays an important role in the life of MacKay. Our Sanctuary offers a wonderful acoustical experience to listen to our choir, hand chime ringers, instrumentalists, the Concert Series, as well as concerts and recitals by many other groups and performers. The Sanctuary is an excellent venue for recording.
The Senior Choir is made up of congregants of MacKay United Church. We enhance the liturgy through music, sing the main anthem for the handbook.services and lead the congregation during hymnal singing. We love to "make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation" (Psalm 95:1). We are learning more about how to make that joyful noise sound even better, increasing singing and ensemble techniques and applying it to all our music. We gather for rehearsals evenings from and again mornings before Worship. If you would like to learn more about the choir, take a look at our
Several accomplished musicians flautists, pianists, drummers and organists add an extra dimension regularly to the Voluntaries offered at our Sunday Worship service.
CALLING ALL RINGERS
The MUC Hand Chimes were donated to MacKay by Paul (former organist and choir director) and June MacMillan in memory of their son Jamie.
'MacKay's Rowdy Ringers', are ready to ring in spring. If you are age 6 and over, with a desire to play music with a group and an ability to concentrate for 40 minutes, you are welcome to join our inter-generational hand chime choir! No experience necessary. Next practices will be on Sunday, April 26, May 3, 10, 17, no practice on May 24th, May 31 and June 7 at 9:45 am in the Board Room at the top of the stairs. Performance date has not been confirmed, but would be sometime in June. . The goal is to enjoy music and perform for the congregation.
There is no minimum age; the only qualification is that participants should be able to concentrate for 40 minutes and be able to read either words or music. Please come and bring your friends!
Hand chimes are musical instruments similar to handbells. They are rung using the hands, and many handbell techniques can be applied to hand chimes. When combined, the two create a new and different timbre. They are tuned during manufacture and do not require external tuning. Hand chimes are inexpensive, lightweight and resilient instruments.
MacKay Chamber Concert Series 2017-18
The MacKay Concert Series launches its 2017-2018 series with "From Bach to the Magic Flute" featuring Paul Marleyn, Cello and Frédéric Lacroix, Piano .
Paul Marleyn makes his home in Ottawa, where he is Full Professor of Cello and Head of Strings at the University of Ottawa. He has an established international reputation as both a soloist and an ensemble artist. He will be joined by Frédéric Lacroix on the piano. The concert will take place on Sunday, September 17, at 7:30 pm
Mark your calendar for our next concert in the series:
Friday, November 17, 2017 "Les Chemins do l'Amour"
Songs by Purcell, Holst, Mozart and Poulenc
Wanda Procyshyn, soprano & Thomas Annand, piano