The first sweet peas have been flowering this week in the deanery garden. I recall planting them when Helen went into hospital with the thought, well, we cannot move until at least the end of the summer now, and these will be an encouragement to her, and let’s not have an unnecessary year without a productive garden.
Half a century of ordained service within the Church of Ireland by a number of clergy will be celebrated at the 11am service in St Anne’s Cathedral on Sunday June 25.
The 2017 Belfast Cathedral Music Festival brought a feast of talent into St Anne’s with a variety of concerts ranging from a rectital by our own Conor Breen to a foot tapping night in the company of the Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra.
How one reacts to ‘wake up calls’ in the course of one’s life was partially dealt with theoretically by a line or two from St Paul that we read a couple of days ago as he wrote of suffering and endurance and character and hope (Romans 5: 1-8 was the epistle reading last Sunday).
The Music Festival rounded off with a concert by the Seeton Male Voice Choir, which is spending a sunny few days in Northern Ireland. Formed in 1908 the choir visited Killarney in its centenary year and had wall-to-wall sunshine then too. They should come to Ireland more often!
The concert was to have featured the Clare Chorale also, but in the end the audience was treated to some lovely solos and duets by its musical director mezzo soprano Sheelagh Greer and her soprano colleague Laura, beginning with Sheelagh singing (for Fathers’ Day!) Puccini’s O mio babbino caro. (more…)
Saturday night and it is Belfast Cathedral’s Music Festival Day 4 and providing a real contrast to the previous days’ concerts. After two nights with solo recitals, a large high school choir from the USA and a popular jazz evening, we settled in last night to a classy and confident New Irish Arts Concert featuring choir and orchestra.
The setting was vital to this performance, and had been heralded beforehand as a rare opportunity to integrate instrumentalists and singers with close proximity to the audience. So, the space had to be clear and wide and adaptable, which called for the nave of St Anne’s to be cleared and rearranged – which takes time and effort, but was worth it. (more…)