Belfast Choir Scores Cathedral “Hat-trick”
To conclude the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, The Schola Cantorum of St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast, sang in all three of Edinburgh’s Cathedrals at the weekend.
The Schola which has a membership of forty boys aged between 7 and 22 travelled under their Director of Music, Mr Nigel McClintock, accompanied by many of their parents. In St Giles’s Cathedral, (Church of Scotland0, they attended a midday service followed by a recital, which evoked a warm response. Later that Evening they sang at Mass in St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, the setting being Mozart’s Coronation Mass and once again received a warm welcome form Mgr Michael Regan, the Cathedral Administrator and the congregation. On Sunday Morning the Schola joined with the Choir of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral for Morning Eucharist, singing the Messe Solennelle by Langlais.
Following Morning Eucharist, the Schola met with Lord Gill, Lord President, and Lord Justice General of Scotland. Lord Gill is also the Chairman of the Royal School of Church Music, and has a deep appreciation of Church Music, as an organist he plays at Mass for his local parish each Sunday. Lord Gill, told the members of the Schola of his appreciation of their singing and his support and encouragement for their on-going contribution to the service of Church Music.
This is the first time a choir from Ireland have been invited to sing in all three of Edinburg’s Cathedrals over a single weekend. Fr Hugh Kennedy, the Administrator of St Peter’s Cathedral, said that the presence of the Schola was in co-operation with Edinburgh Churches Together, and was an opportunity to show how music can bring different church communities together in worship. It was especially important that the Schola Cantorum from St Peter's Cathedral, over this weekend act as “musical ambassadors” for the local Church here in Down & Connor, but as affirming the links between the two cities of Belfast and Edinburgh.