The Oratorio Singers will present Sacred and Profane:  French Choral Music:  a concert of beautiful 19th and 20th century French choral music at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church (corner of Nelson and Burrard Streets in downtown Vancouver) on Friday, May 19, 2017, starting at 8:00 p.m.

Works to be performed, all en français, include Camille St.-Saëns’ ethereal Messe de Requiem (Op. 54), Maurice Duruflé’s Notre Père, Maurice Ravel’s Trois Chansons,  Claude Debussy’s Trois Chansons de Charles d’Orléans (Op. 4), Ah, Mon Beau Laboureur and Les Tisserands from Francis Poulenc’s Chansons Françaises, and La Rose Complète and Dirait-On, the two final songs of Morton Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $25 each and are available from choir members, from Sikora’s Classical Records, online at, and at the door.


French Choral Music:Sacred and Profane

The Oratorio Singers of St. Andrew's-Wesley is a chorus of 50 singers that focus on small and mid sized oratorio. This season they will present a varied programme of music from France and beyond.

The first half will be non-sacred choral selections by Debussy(France), Ravel(France), Poulenc (France) and Lauridsen (USA).  

The second half will be sacred music from France featuring the Messe de Requiem by Camille Saint Saëns with the Notre Père by Maurice Duruflé. 

The choir will be accompanied by a quintet of strings, 2 harps, trumpet, piano and organ (Michael Molnar) with leader, Nancy DiNovo. 

Soloists are Benila Ninan, Melanie Adams, Martin Sadd and Andrew Greenwood.