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Concert Sunday 22 July at 2pm, Sydney Philharmonia Choir “Night Vigil”

Vespers (All-night Vigil)- RACHMANINOV
Waiting for the Barbarians (WORLD PREMIERE) – ANDREW FORD

Sunday 22 July at 2pm

From Russia, with reverence: Rachmaninov’s Vespers (All-night Vigil) caress the ancient words of the Orthodox liturgy, drawing from them music of such profound majesty and awe that it seems to have tapped the very source of life itself. The colours of the Russian choral sound are like burnished gold and velvet night, a blend of spiritual and sensual pleasure.

Modern living has left many of us hungering for Time: time to reflect, to meditate, to breathe, to centre ourselves. The liturgies of the Russian Orthodox church offer rich, deep Time for the prayerful contemplation of the divine: ‘God is a mystery, and the knowledge of God is communicated in mystery . . . The mystery always remains; it is deepened by our knowledge.’ Nicholas Berdyaev (1874-1948). Rachmaninov’s music, steeped in the solemn traditions of the Orthodox liturgy, unfolds gently through perfumed layers of chant and ritual into a place of stillness, calm and joy.

Concert Duration: 80 minutes (no interval)

Conductor: Graham Abbott
Soloists: Jenny Duck-Chong (Contralto), James Egglestone (Tenor)
With the Sydney Philharmonia Symphony Chorus

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Sunday 24 June at 2pm – ‘From Darkness into Light’ Concert

A combined gala event by Christ Church Cathedral Choir, University Choir and Waratah Girls Choir, this concert will feature choral works exploring the theme “From Darkness to Light” and will include the song cycle “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” based on poetry written by children imprisoned at Terezin Concentration Camp, established by the SS during World War II in the Czech Republic, sung by the Waratah Girls Choir.

The concert will also feature works sung by the combined choirs including John Taverner’s Song for Athene (made famous at the funeral of Princess Diana) and Parry’s evergreen classic “I was glad” (heard more recently at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).

It is a rare event to hear three magnificent choirs in the stunning ambience of Newcastle’s Christ Church Cathedral. Don’t miss this opportunity!!

Tickets (Available on the music page of this site):    Adult: $30  Concession: $25  Students: $15

Sunday 10 June, Second Sunday after Pentecost

7.00am     Eucharist 
Celebrant & preacher: Fr Mark Watson
8.00am     Eucharist 
Celebrant: Fr George Mainprize & preacher: Fr Mark Watson
9.30am     Choral Eucharist 
Celebrant & preacher: Fr Mark Watson
6.00pm     Choral Evensong 
Officiant: Fr Mark Watson & preacher: Canon Brian Gibbs
A special welcome to Canon Brian Gibbs, our guest preacher at Evensong. Canon Brian is the Rector of Terrigal Parish.