Heavenly music at St Cecilia’s Day Concert in St Anne’s

Wednesday November 23rd 2016

The choirs sing together during the Cantate! concert in St Anne's Cathedral to celebrate St Cecilia's Day.

The choirs sing together during the Cantate! concert in St Anne’s Cathedral to celebrate St Cecilia’s Day.

Heavenly music filled St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, on the night of Tuesday November 22 when the Cathedral joined with Corrymeela to present CANTATE! – a concert to celebrate St Cecilia’s Day!

The concert featured three choirs – Jubilate! Chamber Choir, St Anne’s Girls’ Choir and the Voices Together Community Choir

There were reflections from the Very Rev John Mann, Dean of Belfast, and Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela Community, and poetry from Sinead Morrissey.

St Cecilia, born in the second century, is a famous Roman Martyr – she was reported to have been beheaded by a sword. She is the Patron Saint of Music, and a number of musical compositions are dedicated to her. Her feast day, November 22, has become the occasion for concerts and musical festivals.

The concert in St Anne’s Cathedral raised funds for the Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland’s oldest centre for peace and reconciliation, and for the Cathedral.

There was an excellent turnout for this superb evening of music.

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