About

Logo ENG 2Tidal Bore Music was founded by Christopher Bowman and Valerie Peyton Kingsbury to provide new music that is thought provoking and engaging.

As people of faith on a journey of discovery, we learn that with every stage of spiritual development come new understandings, insights and ways of expressing who we are. In our journey as a worship team, we have found that the resources offered in the area of congregational singing and liturgical support that reflect our understandings are limited. At other times, a particular service of worship calls for music that reflects our theme, and “the right piece” just doesn’t seem to exist. This led us to join forces and create what was missing for us. In that process we discovered a creative energy that fills our passion for ministry and for the proclamation of the Gospel.

Christopher Bowman

Chris ProfileChristopher Bowman
M. Mus Memorial University, B. Mus Mount Allison University

Christopher (Chris) enjoys making music in many forms – as a conductor, solo and choral singer, educator, and composer.  He is full-time Minister of Music at First United Church in Truro, Nova Scotia, and Artistic Director of the Cantabile Society of Truro, where he conducts the Cantabile Singers and co-conducts the Cantabile Boys’ Choir.  He also sings with the Juno-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir and takes great delight in the fact that choral music has given him the opportunity to sing in every Canadian province.  Chris is active as a baritone soloist; his debut CD “Over Hill and Valley” with pianist David Chafe won Music NS and Music NL awards, and was nominated for an East Coast Music Award.  

Chris loves working with choral singers of all ages and stages and has conducted community, church, school, and university choirs in Atlantic Canada and Ontario.  He is sought after as a clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer, and has taught in various university music departments in Atlantic Canada as a sessional instructor.  As time permits, he is a composer/arranger of choral music, and in recent years has become interested in hymn writing; along with Valerie Peyton Kingsbury they have formed Tidal Bore Music to further this venture – their music can be found at www.tidalboremusic.ca.

Chris and his wife Laura are incredibly proud parents of Erica and Meredith, and live in Valley, Nova Scotia.

Valerie Peyton Kingsbury

Valerie ProfileValerie Peyton Kingsbury
BA Memorial University of Newfoundland, MDiv Atlantic School of Theology. 

Valerie grew up in a home where the love of music, particularly church music, was encouraged and nurtured. Many hours were spent around the family organ singing the great hymns of the faith. By the age of 10 her mother had begun to teach her how to play the organ. She went on to learn piano and later the guitar which has become her instrument of choice. While in school she also took theory and voice and throughout the years has sung in a variety of choirs.

As Minister of worship and liturgy Valerie came to understand the importance of music as a way to express faith and proclaim the gospel. In 2011 she entered ministry with First United Church in Truro, Nova Scotia, and formed a partnership with Chris Bowman. Together they have combined their energy and talent to create liturgical resources and hymns that reflect an evolving Christianity. In May of 2015 they published their first song book “Singing Faith Today” and in June established Tidal Bore Music. Their second song book “Beyond The Darkness” and the CD of the same was published in April of 2016.

Valerie’s passion for the written word has also given birth to her book “Creating Spaces for Healing and Hope” and her weekly Blog , “A Journey of Faith”. The latest book, Worship Ready, is a liturgical resource for worship leaders published in September 2016.

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