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Worship and Music
Worship through music is highly valued by the Mountainside congregation. Our choir, accompanied by our Beckerath organ or grand piano, leads worship at Sunday services. Other instruments and musical groups are included in the service on special occasions.
Mountainside Choir is made up largely of volunteers with four professional soloists. Rehearsals are held on alternate Thursday evenings and on Sunday mornings before the weekly service. The choir is trained and directed by the organist and Director of Music, Margaret de Castro. New members are always most welcome and should contact Mrs. De Castro for further details.
Throughout the year, the church also hosts several family-oriented informal concerts. See our calendar for details about upcoming performances and musical events.
Mountainside Church is also available for use by outside groups for community services or musical events.
Our Beckerath Organ
Over twenty years ago, on October 19, 1994, our Beckerath organ was formally inaugurated in a concert given by one of the greatest concert organists of the time, France’s Marie-Claire Alain. The organ had been removed from Queen Mary Road United Church upon the church’s closure and installed in then St. Andrew’s – Dominion-Douglas United Church by Montreal organ builder Hellmuth Wolff.
>The organ we now enjoy was installed in Queen Mary Road United Church in 1959. It was built by Rudolf von Beckerath of Hamburg, Germany, and was at the forefront of the classical organ revival movement in North America. For many years it was the main teaching instrument for the organ class of McGill University. Numerous organists now working and playing all around the world studied at this instrument. Its sister instruments here in Montreal are the organs of Église Immaculée-Conception and the basilica of St. Joseph’s Oratory.
Over the years many well known organists have played our instrument – Olivier Latry of Notre Dame de Paris and Michael Radulescu of Vienna come to mind. Numerous master classes and group visits have also brought musicians from Korea, Japan, Australia, France, Ireland, England, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States and Canada to our sanctuary to play and listen to our wonderful instrument. Our organ guest book continues to collect signatures. Last autumn we welcomed several participants in the Canadian International Organ Competition who used our organ as a practice instrument.