A 35-rank Casavant pipe organ, with three manuals, has tremendous power as well as a delicate side. One of the “top ten” organs in the city, it was built in 1928 by Casavant Freres of Quebec, North America’s premiere organ builder, and renovated in 1960 by Hill, Norman & Beard of London, England. Be it to support the choir and congregation during Sunday service, as a concert instrument, or to sweep newlyweds out of the church on a joyful tide of music, the organ at Canadian Memorial has the versatility for any concert, memorial, wedding, or service.
Canadian Memorial has 4 pianos – two in the Centre for Peace and two in the church. The main instrument, a baby grand piano (Kawai) provides music for Sunday services, weddings, concerts and recitals. Praised by concert pianists, it has a full, warm tone and fills the church beautifully.
The church is also very fortunate to have a single manual harpsichord, with 2 ranks (8′ and 4′) and a 4 and one-half octave range. Perfect for Baroque and pre-Baroque repertoire, either solo, or to accompany the choir or soloists, the instrument was built in Vancouver in 1980 by Sabathil & Sons.
A 3 and one-half octave bell choir completes the church’s array of musical instruments. These bells have a mellow, sonorous tone, and are extremely effective in a choral setting. We use them to add variety to our Music Program.