*** EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES ***

Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is closed and all of its activities are cancelled

Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is closed and all of its activities are cancelled. This includes the broadcast of the Mass on the radio, the telephone consultation service as well as the online store. These exceptional measures taken in accordance with directives from the Government of Quebec are in effect until April 13.

As for the 8:30 a.m. Mass in French televised by Salt and Light, the broadcast will now be from the Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral. However, we remain present with you on our social networks and by the broadcast of the delayed Mass on our website.

In addition, Radio VM will exceptionally broadcast a live Mass in French presided by a member of the Holy Cross Congregation at 8:30 a.m. every day.

Let’s keep our hearts open to love and hope. May our faith take root in the light of the Risen Jesus in this time of trial. Pray for each other forming a great chain of spiritual solidarity.

Thank you for your understanding.

Logo Sunday Concerts 2020

MONTREAL SACRED MUSIC CONCERTS SERIES

From March 29 to April 26, 2020

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted.

FESTIVAL DU PRIX D’EUROPE 2020 CONCERTS SERIES, PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ACADÉMIE DE MUSIQUE DU QUÉBEC

From May 3 to May 24, 2020

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted. Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase.

SPRING CONCERTS SERIES

From May 31 to June 28, 2020

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted. Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase.

CELEBRATING WOMEN ORGANISTS CONCERTS SERIES

From July 12 to September 20, 2020

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted. Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase.

FALL FESTIVAL SERIES

From October 4  to October 25, 2020

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted. Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase.

MONTRÉAL BACH FESTIVAL CONCERTS SERIES

From November 1 to November 29, 2020

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted. Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase.

SPECIAL CONCERT

December 6, 2020

Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase.

NOËL AT THE ORATORY CONCERTS SERIES

From December 13 to January 3, 2021

Every Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with live projection on giant screen – contributions gratefully accepted. Concerts bearing the ($) mention require a ticket purchase.

2020 Sunday Concerts Series

 50 free concerts featuring reknowned guest organists, singers and instrumentalists
Art and Music – January 12 to March 22, 2020
Montreal Sacred Music – March 29 to April 26, 2020
Prix d’Europe Festival – May 3 to May 24, 2020
Spring concerts – May 31 to June 28, 2020
Celebrating Women Organists – July 12 to September 20, 2020
Autumn Festival – October 4 to October 25, 2020
Montreal Bach Festival – November 1 to November 29, 2020
Noël at the Oratory – December 13 to January 3, 2021

VINCENT BOUCHER, TITULAR ORGANIST

Vincent Boucher organiste

« A virtuoso on the organ […], his playing is flawless. »

– John Collins, The Diapason

« Vincent Boucher is clearly one of the finest organists to appear in Canada in decades. »

– Daniel Foley, The Wholenote

Vincent Boucher is enjoying a true double career, pursuing both music and finance. He has studied under harpsichordists Dom André Laberge and Luc Beauséjour, as well as organist Bernard Lagacé. While in Mireille Lagacé’s class at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, a jury twice unanimously awarded him a first prize for organ and harpsichord. He has also completed a doctorate in performance at McGill University with John Grew and William Porter, and furthered his studies in Vienna with Michael Gailit, and later in Paris with Pierre Pincemaille.

Vincent Boucher has performed extensively and internationally, notably in England, Austria and France at the Cathedrals of Chartres, Bourges, and Notre-Dame de Paris. In 2000 he won first prize in the John Robb Organ Competition. In 2002, he won the Académie de musique du Québec’s Prix d’Europe, which had not been given to an organist since 1966. In 2003 he was awarded an Opus Prize in the category Discovery of the Year. He has already made eleven recordings, which have won a number of prizes and the praise of critics. Most recently, he has released the first recordings of the complete works of Charles Tournemire, as well as three CDs recorded on Saint-Joseph’s Oratory’s Beckerath organ.

With over 21 years experience as a liturgical organist, Mr. Boucher is the titular organist at Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal. He was the principal organist at Sainte-Cécile Cathedral in Valleyfield from 1996 to 2000 and is currently assistant organist at Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church in Montréal  since 1993.

For more than 15 years, Vincent Boucher has worked in the financial industry, and he currently serves as investment advisor at National Bank Financial. A CFA chartholder, he holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a graduate degree in e-commerce from the HEC, Université de Montréal’s business school and a Master of Business Administration from Oxford University. Sought administrator, he currently sits on the Board of the Pro Musica Society and the Concours International Organ Competition.

Visit Vincent Boucher – Organist’s website

Vincent Boucher – Excerpt of Concerto for organ in A minor, BWV 593 – III. Allegro

Performed on the Beckerath Organ in the Basilica during recording of the album Messes pour choeurs et orgues

Vincent Boucher – Daquin: Livre de Noëls