Capella Regalis: To Bethlehem With Kings

There is perhaps nothing so heart-stirringly Christmassy as the sound of a choir of young voices singing with a brass quintet and full pipe organ in a sparkling Cathedral acoustic… and that is exactly what you will hear just days before Christmas, with the Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir performance of To Bethlehem With Kings at All Saints Cathedral on December 21. A traditional and heart-warming evening of beautiful carols for Christmas, ancient and modern, performed by a choir of boys (age 6 and up) and men in the European tradition. The concert also features the Maritime Brass Quintet and Paul Halley accompanying on the great Cathedral pipe organ. The concert opens with a Gregorian chant for Christmastime sung in procession, and segues into the boy soprano solo that starts the well-known hymn “Once in Royal David’s City”. From there, the program brings us along the journey from Advent to Christmas with carols ranging from early Renaissance polyphony to majestic arrangements for choir and brass by 17th-century German composer Praetorius to sweet and gentle melodies beautifully arranged by 20th-century composers.  Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir was founded in Halifax, Nova Scotia, by Director Nick Halley in 2010 and is modeled on the great European tradition of men and boys church choirs.  It is a free music training programme for any boy who passes an audition.  While Canada was once rich with such choirs, Capella Regalis is one of only a handful of men and boys choirs in Canada today.  The choir sings Choral Evensong on Sundays throughout the year as part of the Cathedral Church of All Saints’ Sundays at Four music series, and performs concerts throughout Nova Scotia and beyond in a busy September – June season.  For more information, visit

Admission details

Tickets are available from Ticket Halifax ( / 902.422.6278) and from the King's Bookstore (902.422.1270 ext 261). Tickets will also be sold at the door.

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