Fr William and Anne celebrate 60th Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations to Fr William and Anne Odling Smee on their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

Today (30th July) is the day and they are celebrating with family in Northumberland.

Thanks to their son Hugh for the lovely wedding photo.

As a couple and individually, they have contributed so much to making our society here a better place.

We wish them many more years together and hope they enjoy the family celebrations.

Thank you Judith!

Judith is one of the green fingered team who help keep the church grounds in such good shape.

She took advantage of the good weather yesterday to do some weeding.

Thanks Judith and all the team who work so hard to keep the church yard looking good.

Congratulations Selby and Paddy

At our Parish Lunch today (23rd June) we took the opportunity to congratulate Selby and Paddy Nesbitt on their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

They first came to St George’s when their son Andrew joined the choir aged 7 and now their young grandson is a chorister at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.

We wish them many more happy years together.

This Sunday (June 2nd), our parish choir will sing the Eucharist in St Peter’s Church, Drogheda. The liturgy will be led by Rev Iain Jamieson and the choir will sing ‘The Canterbury Mass’ by Piccolo and ‘Ave Verum’ by Mawby.
Evensong will be sung in Dunany, Rose responses, Sumsion in G and Batten ‘O sing joyfully’.
The parish will welcome the choir of St Michael’s from Sweden to sing the Eucharist.
Congratulations to Ian Keatley who features on many a choral score in the choir library. Ian was an excellent chorister and is pictured, aged 7, standing in front of the high altar at Southwark Cathedral whilst on choir tour with St George’s in 1989. He now takes up the position of Director of Music. We wish you all the very best and know that the musical life and witness of Southwark Cathedral will be greatly enriched by you.

Evan, Fergus and Max installed full choristers

Welcome to Evan, Fergus and Max as they were installed full choristers at Evensong this afternoon. The choir sang Stanford in A and I was glad, ( 100 years to the day since the death of its composer, Parry.) we also welcomed 13 new probationers last Friday, with a few more to follow. Thank you to the parents who commit to becoming chorister parents, a role which can be quite demanding!
Next Sunday, the choir sings the Eucharist in St Anne’s Cathedral, while we welcome their choir to sing our Eucharist.

New choir term begins

The new choir term started really well with wonderful singing from the trebles and gentlemen, masterfully accompanied by Stephen Hamill. David was delighted to welcome Evan, Fergus, Charlie and Max as cassock boys, and Des Havlin as senior Choral Scholar while he studied at QUB.
Featured is Hector King, one of the four exam candidates who scored really high distinction in his grade 7 ABRSM singing exam last June. The others will feature in future posts.
We look forward to seeing the Chamber Choir next Sunday afternoon for their return.