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Added on 07/06/2014

Saturday 7 June 2014

Belfast Cathedral Music Festival
St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, is hosting its first ever music festival which begins today (Saturday). Highlights include a concert by the Edinburgh University Music Society on the opening night, an organ recital by Jonathan Clinch of Durham University on June 10 and a three–choirs concert featuring the choirs of St Anne’s Cathedral, St George’s Parish and St Peter’s RC Cathedral on June 14 before the closing Festival Eucharist at 11am on June 15.

Over the course of the week, Jonah–Man Jazz will be presented by the young singers from the Cathedral’s ambitious Choir School Project, the girls’ choir and the Cathedral Jazz band. There will be organ recitals, Choral Evensong, Sung Compline and Baroque Favourites featuring Belfast Baroque and others.

The Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John Mann, will join professional violinist Katie Stevens in a performance of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto accompanied by Master of the Choristers David Stevens on harpsichord.

Entry to all events is free, with the exception of the three–choirs concert on June 14.

It is hoped that the festival will become an annual event which will allow the cathedral to share its music with people from far and wide and from all backgrounds

Today (Saturday) the Cork, Cloyne & Ross Diocesan Synod will be held in Rochestown Park Hotel while in Dublin the Taney parish fete will take place in the church grounds in Dundrum beginning at 1pm.

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning RTE will broadcast a celebration of the Eucharist by the Revd Brian O’Rourke with residents from St Luke’s Home, Cork. At 3pm in St Macartan’s cathedral, Clogher, the Bishops of Clogher, the Rt Revd John McDowell and the Most Revd Liam McDaid, will lead a Pentecost Sunday Ecumenical Gathering while at the same time in Co. Dublin the annual Ecumenical Service will be held at St Columcille’s Well, Ballycullen, preceded by a nature talk at the holy well at 2.30pm.In St Canice’s cathedral, Kilkenny, the annual series of Chapter Room Concerts begins at 4pm with a recital by Laoise O’Brien (recorder) and Michael O’Toole (guitar).

Due to unforeseen circumstances Sunday School Society for Ireland AGM has been rescheduled for Monday at 12 noon in Church of Ireland House, Dublin. All members are welcome to attend.
For more information, please contact chair@sundayschoolsociety.ie or 021 435 8226.

On Tuesday, in a paper entitled ‘Children and Childhood: an Archival Perspective’, Dr Susan Hood will showcase some of the collections in the RCB Library at the Irish Childhood conference in Drumcondra.

The second in Stuart O’Sullivan’s series of Chopin lunchtime piano recitals, which is part of the Limerick City of Culture programme, will be held in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, on Wednesday.

Next Friday the Dublin Garden Festival at Christ Church Cathedral begins and continues until the following Sunday. The cathedral will be filled with an array of floral arrangements by some of Ireland’s leading floral artists while gardening advice will be available from well–known figures such as Helen Dillon, Gerry Daly, Dermot O’Neill and Diarmuid Gavin. In the cathedral grounds there will be horticultural displays, urban gardens, a petting zoo and craft demonstrations. For the weary there will be gourmet food and afternoon tea. The Festival will be open from 9am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday and from 12.30pm to 7pm on Sunday.

Prospective entrants to the World War I story competition, under the auspices of the General Synod’s Historical Commemorations and Centenaries Working Group, should note that the contact e–mail address is press@ireland.anglican.org.


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