As part of our parish mission and outreach, St. Peter’s has embarked on creating a comprehensive music program for our parish. Our new Music Director, Hiromi Bradshaw will be working with our existing singers and encouraging more participation from the abundance of talent in our midst.
Choir practice takes place on Thursday evenings at 6pm following Mass. All are welcome to join – all that is required is a love of singing and a commitment to learning and regular attendance at practice.
Regardless of which weekend Mass you will be singing at, we will all practice together on Thursday evenings. This allows us to learn together, as well as from each other as we build community.
The organ at St. Peter’s is a fairly large 2-manual Allen digital organ dating from the early 1980s. Digital technology enables remarkably faithful replication of the sounds produced by organ pipes – a boon in situations where space or funds may be limited. The organ is capable of doing justice to most of the Classical organ repertoire as well as providing robust leadership for congregational singing.
Director of Music/Pianist/Organist: Hiromi Bradshaw ~ BMus (Kunitachi Music University of Tokyo), AVCM, RCCO, NATS, RMTA
Hiromi worked as a regular piano accompanist for the Fukushima TV's weekly program "Bouquet of Songs". She immigrated to Canada where she gave performances in Victoria, Vancouver, Banff and taught piano at the Victoria Coservatory of Music.
Hirmoi took up organ study 15 years ago and studied with the late Robert Pletsch, Nicholas Fairbank, Garth MacPhee and Barry Waterloo. She also took Organ Master classes at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver with Naji Hakim (successor of Olivier Messiaen) and Oliver Latry (Notre-Dame de Paris).
She moved to Gabriola Island nine years ago and formed the Women's Gregorian Chant Choir called "Insula Laetitiae (Island of Joy), the name given by Ordinariate Msgr. Peter Wilkinson.