RSCMNZ Canterbury Branch presented an inspirational Music Sunday celebration for 2017 at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Manchester Street on Sunday 18 June starting 2.00pm with a vibrant congregation of choristers and supporters. This occasion one one of the starting highlights of the week-long Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (CBS) Arts Festival –
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They were greeted by Barbara Maguire and Allan Packman with help from Mary of the Catholic Women’s League. This trio (left to right: Barbara, Allan and Mary) also treated those attending with post celebration refreshments.
Father John Adams, Parish Priest of St Joseph’s and also President of the CBS Choir, opened the event with a warm welcome and comments about the place of music in worship.
Rev’d David Winfield, Canterbury Branch RSCMNZ Canterbury Chaplain, offered prayers and led the recital by all present of the RSCM Choristers’ Prayer.
RSCMNZ President, Paul Ellis explained the purpose of RSCM with special reference to the Voice for Life scheme and later congratulated the Medbury Boys’ School Choristers on the progress of many of them with Voice for Life ribbons and medals.
Following the opening massed hymn, the Medbury Choristers delighted those present with rousing renditions of “Taka Dama” (Swahili origin) and Ubi Caritas (by Mary Lightfoot) led by the school’s Director of Music, Chrissie Badger and accompanied by Bridget Roth.
Interspersing these featured items, massed hymns were performed by all. Meantime featured artists Harry Meehan, organist, played Chanson de Matin (Edward Elgar) and Matthew Harris, baritone, sang two Vaughan Williams pieces from his Five Mystical Songs – “The Call” and “Antiphon” – accompanied by John Linker. Picture shows Matthew (left) and Harry.
The programme continued apace with Murray Lennox conducting the All Souls Choir performing “Give Me This Day” – words: anon. and additional verses by Murray Lennox; music: Murray Lennox; then “He was Wounded for Our Transgressions” – Words and music by Merrill Dunlop, arr. Murray Lennox; the Choir was superbly and sensitively accompanied by Sue Lennon.
As a finale everyone joined in the massed singing of Ave verum (Elgar) and Psalm 150 (Stanford), directed by RSCMNZ President, Paul Ellis (left) and accompanied on the piano by John Linker (right), who also accompanied the other massed items.
(They are pictured in their home settings).
The celebration concluded with prayers and the Grace led by the Very Rev’d Lawrence Kimberley, Dean of the Transitional Cathedral of Christchurch.