We at First Metropolitan are especially proud of our Music Ministry. Services typically include the best of classical music as well as the newest hymns coming out from our church tradition. Hymnns include old favourites and songs of celebration from other countries.
Accompanied by an Allen 4-manual digital organ, music soars to the heavens each Sunday morning at the 11:00 am service. The 9:00 am communion service features music played on a grand piano as well as the occasional guest musician. Guest musicians playing flute, trumpet, double bass, drums, violin and many other instruments complement the voices of our congregation and choir.
The Music Ministry at First Metropolitan includes:
- Sanctuary choir
- Pringle Bells, a handbell ensemble
- First Met Vocal Ensemble
- Children’s Choir
In addition to the music on Sunday mornings and at special services, the Music Ministry is instrumental in planning and mounting an annual Christmas pageant, concerts featuring the talents of our choir members, vocal ensemble and musicians, and performances by visiting choirs or musical groups.
Frances Pollet’s goal is “to reach the highest levels of performance standards in a variety of choral repertoire.” This goal is expressed in the artistry of the church choir, the Pringle Bells and the First†Metropolitan United Vocal Ensemble. In addition, she and the First†Met Music Team inivte a variety of guest artists, from within the [...]
On the first Friday of the month from October to May, First†Metropolitan United Church offers a Celtic Vespers service in the chapel. This is a quiet, meditative service of prayer and song. The service is based on the resources of the Iona Community and uses Gaelic melodies.
The Pringle Bells are a handbell ensemble, which practices weekly under the direction of Fran Pollet, and performs occasionally at the 11 am service on Sundays and at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Lent and Easter.
Music can serve to uplift and inspire us as we explore the very nature of God. Under the leadership of Frances Pollet, the choir sings a broad range of sacred music from classical to modern. Some members also accompany the anthems on bassoon, flute, tambourine and wind chimes. A bursary program encourages young musicians to [...]
This ensemble conducted by Fran Pollet is already well-known for its renditions of traditional hymns, spirituals and folk songs which they have performed during church services and at Epiphany Explorations. The ensemble has released two CDs titled When the Stars Fall and Canticle, available at a cost of $20 from the church office.