Our Parish Choir recently enjoyed a very successful tour of Edinburgh. They sang at St Giles’ Cathedral, Old St Paul’s and St John’s Church. The tour had a packed programme but their trip included the opportunity to see some of the sights and enjoy a wonderful city.
On June 25th, at 7:30pm St George’s Parish Choir hosted its Bicentenary concert ‘From Morley to Mawby’ featuring the trebles and gentlemen of the parish choir and the new probationers. The programme spanned 500 years and included a short harp recital from the Bunting Collection (he was the first organist of St George’s). Colin Mawby was present on the night for the premiere of his commissioned work, ‘Praise the God that dwellest’.
The Bicentenary Service on Thursday, 16th June was a lovely occasion with a large attendance of almost 250 people and around 30 clergy. It was good to see the nave of the church full for the Choral Eucharist and to hear the wonderful singing of the choir, under the direction of David Falconer and assisted by organist, Mark McGrath who performed Parry’s anthem ‘I Was Glad’.
The Archbishop of Armagh Dr Richard Clarke preached a challenging sermon, not only giving thanks for all that has been over the last 200 years but also encouraging us to look forward and to continue and expand our witness and mission in the heart of Belfast.
The service was recorded by BBC Radio Ulster and an edited version was broadcast on Morning Service on Sunday, 19th June. A link to the service is available here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07gmymc