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.
NOON JAZZ IN JUNE at MacKay
Drop in for a set of great music in the beautiful acoustic space at the corner of MacKay and Dufferin. Throughout June, every Thursday noon hour will ring with the sounds of jazz amongst friends. Peter Woods will be featuring differnt artists in each week...new collaborations, old friends and even some family. Drop in at noon and stay for a while. Freewill donations gratefully accepted at the door.
Thursday, June 1 at noon: James McGowan, piano & Peter Woods
Thursday, June 8 at noon: Charley Gordon, Rob Martin and Gerri Trimble, trumpet, guitar & voice
Thursday, June 15 at noon: Evensong Ensemble featuring Leah Cogan & James McGowan, voice & piano
Thursday, June 22 at noon: Country Jazz Revue with Campbell Woods and Tim Jackson (part of cross-country Canada tour) guitar & bass
Thursday, June 29 at noon: Ottawa's legendary Brian Browne, piano
For more information on MacKay's musical vision please see http://www.united-church.ca/blogs/round-table/finding-spiritual-harmony-...
MacKay's Evensong Ensemble will be playing on the main stage at the Stewart Park Festival in Perth, Ontario. 12 noon on Sunday, July 16th. This is a free festival in beautiful downtown Perth.