Belfast Half Marathon September 18th

The Half Marathon arranged for this coming Sunday is scheduled to pass St George’s at a critical time when choir and parishioners would be arriving and later leaving the 9.30am Eucharist or arriving for the 11.00am Choral Eucharist.
The Half Marathon organisers have advised that there will be no access to the churchyard from 9.20am and no entrance or exit before 11.00am.
The Rector has therefore agreed to the following service changes this coming Sunday:
9.30am Eucharist – cancelled
11.00am Choral Eucharist – delayed until 11.30am
5.00pm Choral Evensong – as usual at 5.00pm
The race organisers advise that access to the church can be granted via Victoria Street/May Street only.
We regret the necessity to alter service times but will continue to follow up this issue with the relevant race organisers.
We hope the Half Marathon traffic arrangements will be minimal when you travel but do allow some extra time.

Choral Evensong in memory of David McElderry

On Sunday October 2nd at 5pm, there will be a Choral Evensong to commemorate David McElderry’s life, and to celebrate the significant contribution he made both to St George’s and to the world of organ building.

David died in February 2021. A reception in the Parish Hall will follow the service. For those unable to attend in person, this service will be relayed on Facebook. Before the service begins, from 4.40pm, Jonathan Gregory, a previous Director of Music at St George’s, will play the organ. Mark McGrath will accompany the service and Dónal McCann will play at the end.

We will send out invitations to this service, to all those parishioners who are on our email list. If you know of anyone who might wish to come to this event, but whose name might not be on our email list, please bring this service to their attention.

EHOD: European Heritage Days

St George’s will be opening its doors and joining in this annual event, celebrating local architecture, history, and culture on Saturday, 10th and Sunday, 11th September 2022. But we will need help! We usually break the Saturday into 2-hour slots for volunteer assistance and serve tea and coffee in the narthex. We also open on the Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. The event brings many visitors from near and far into the church and is a very rewarding experience. Please speak to the Churchwardens or Judith Fawcett if you can spare some time to help. Thank you.

New choir for post-primary girls

St George’s is delighted to announce the foundation of a new choir for Post-Primary girls to begin this September.

It is anticipated that this new SSA ensemble will sing at twice monthly evensongs and at Festival services throughout the year as well as other performance opportunities such as concerts and recitals.

The girls will rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm – 8pm and will have the opportunity to be awarded choral scholarships for singing lessons.

If you know of any girls within the ages of 11-18 who might wish to come along and develop their singing skills, do please complete the attached application form:

Choir of New College, Oxford to sing in St George’s

The Choir of New College Oxford is one of the most treasured in the Anglican choral tradition. Formed of 16 boy trebles and the same number of clerks, this year the choir is making its first ever visit to Northern Ireland. Next Sunday, July 24th, the choir, directed by Robert Quinney, will sing at the 11am Choral Eucharist in St George’s. All welcome.

In the afternoon New College Choir will give a concert of choral favourites in St George’s at 3pm. Admission is free. The uplifting concert programme will feature choral works by Byrd, Harris, Finzi and Charles Wood, alongside organ solos from Assistant Organist, Dónal McCann.

Although this may be the first visit to Northern Ireland by the New College Choir, we can welcome Dónal back to St George’s. He was an outstanding organ scholar at St George’s before leaving to read music at Cambridge and take up the position of organ scholar at King’s College. Dónal took up his current post in New College in September 2020 and is now involved in all aspects of the musical life of the college including teaching and the training of the choristers.

Do come, bring friends and spread the word!