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The Cape Breton Chorale has been thrilling audiences since its formation over thirty years ago. The Chorale has given more than 200 performances throughout the Maritimes, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

The Chorale has shared the stage with a variety of musical stars, ranging from Celine Dion to Rita MacNeil and has performed before numerous visiting dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II.


Sounds of Christmas


The Cape Breton Chorale once again presented its traditionalChristmas concert on Sunday, December 4, 2011, at St. Andrew's United Church, Bentinck Street, Sydney, NS.Entitled "Sounds of Christmas", the music was an eclectic choral introduction to the holiday seasonchosen to engage the audience in a broad emotional spectrum. The program was designed to evoke not only inspiration and meditation but also fond remembrances of Christmases past and joyful celebration of continuing blessings of family and friends. Several opportunities for audience singalong participation were included.

The program was produced by Sister Rita Clare.The Chorale was under the direction of Rosemary McGhee with Paula Jane Francis providing organ and piano accompaniment .

For this presentation, the Chorale was joined by the Seton Elementary School Choir directed and accompanied, respectively, by Chorale members Paula Jane Francis and Mary Jane Ross. The program also included selections by the woodwind trio All Sorts Consort.

In Joyful Song


The Cape Breton Chorale's spring program offered a full spectrum of colors from songs of praise to arrangements of folk songs and nursery rhymes. It included songs of love, a medley of well known songs by Allister MacGillivary, instrumental selections and the resounding Freedom Trilogy by Paul Halley, exploring the extensive range of the Chorale’s repertoire.

The joy of Easter and the awakening of spring were celebrated in John Rutter's Praise Ye the Lord, Gustav Holst's Psalm 148 and the well known Anthem for Spring from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana. The program moved through much-loved songs like Loch Lomond and The Turtle Dove to songs by Gordon Lightfoot and Andrew Lloyd Webber and evoked memories of childhood in whimsical arrangements of Old MacDonald, Teddy Bears' Picnic and other childhood favorites.

The concert proceeds went to the Sister Rita Clare Music Scholarship fund. The scholarship is awarded annually to assist a secondary school student from the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board who is planning to pursue studies in music or music education at a recognized post-secondary institute.

Sister Rita Clare Music Scholarship

Again this year, The Cape Breton Chorale is pleased to offer the Sister Rita Clare Music Scholarship to a student of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board who plans to pursue full-time studies in music or music education at a recognized post-secondary institute.

The Music Scholarship was set up in 2009 in Sister Rita’s name to honor her for the many years she has dedicated to the love of music and the pursuit of excellence in its teaching.  Sister Rita Clare is recognized as an outstanding educator and director.

Copies of the Sister Rita Clare Music Scholarship Application Form may be downloaded by clicking pdfhere .  The amount of the scholarship this year is $800 and the completed application form is due May 15, 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.