A B O U T U S
In 1960, four Montréal Anglican parishes shared a common vision: to bring together a group of talented and committed boys and men to sing the best of the sacred choral repertoire under the direction of outstanding choral conductors. Those four parishes sowed the seed of an organization which, every summer since, has attracted boys, teens, and adults from across Canada and the United States for a week of singing, sports, creative activities, and worship.
The MBCC, as it is known by its participants, has had the immense pleasure of welcoming many well-known choral directors during the weeks. In the last years, we’ve welcomed Malcolm Archer of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Christopher Robinson, formerly of St. John’s College, Cambridge, Paul Trepte of Ely Cathedral, John Scott of St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York, David Hill of St. John’s College, Cambridge, to name but a few. Our participants have come from all over North America and we’ve been glad to count among our numbers, quite a few Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Presbyterian choristers. In 2004, our closing Evensong was broadcast on the BBC as part of the Choral Evensong programme.
Each year, the liturgy and the repertoire is focused by a common theme, such as “The Lamb will be their Shepherd”, “And God made the Beasts of the Earth”, “O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem – on Just War and War in the Bible”. The repertoire chosen in collaboration with the Artistic Director, the Course Chaplain, and the Guest Director reflects the chosen theme.
Guest Director Malcom Archer rehearses the boys at the 2012 course.