A few weeks ago 40 boys from the Schola Cantorum of St Peter’s Cathedral Belfast made a big impression on an international audience of 3,000 and brought honour to everyone back home. These young men, aged between 8 and 19, were fulfilling a unique invitation to sing in Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris, the first Cathedral boys choir from Ireland to do so and so impressive were they that a return visit is already being planned, although there are mutterings of a New York appearance next year and hints of an RTÉ documentary.
Led by St Peter’s Cathedral Director of Music, Nigel McClintock, with Assistant Director of Schola, Helen Frame, they sang a Mass setting by Schubert, Ave Maria by Victoria and a communion motet.
The group was accompanied by the Cathedral administrator Fr Hugh Kennedy and Fr Thomas McGlynn, who both concelebrated the Mass. As Michael McKernon’s picture shows, it was happiness all round especially when the boys received spontaneous applause as they retired in procession through the historic cathedral.