Choirs enjoy challenge of exchange

By karen

The boys from St George's Choir take in the unfamiliar setting of Belfast Cathedral.

The boys from St George’s Choir take in the unfamiliar setting of Belfast Cathedral.

On Sunday November 23 St George’s Parish Choir swapped places with the St Anne’s Cathedral Choir for all the choral services in both churches.

Dr Emma Gibbons, Musical Director of St George’s, in High Street, Belfast, and St Anne’s Master of Choristers, David Stevens, have collaborated with a number of choir projects over the past couple of years, but this was something new and special and without doubt a great success.

The St Anne’s Cathedral Choir processes to sing in St George’s Parish Church.

Both choirs enjoyed the experience of singing in a building that was very different in both acoustics and size. The way in which the liturgy is ordered in each place is not that dissimilar, which helped the choirs to orientate themselves quickly, and each seemed naturally at home.

In the Cathedral there was much chat after the morning service with and about the St George’s Choir after Emma’s fabulous voluntary, and warm tribute must also be paid to Donal, the St George’s organ scholar, who played for the rest of the service. The boys clearly enjoyed singing one of their favourite motets – the Alan …read more

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