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Friday 22 November 2013

Vespers of St Cecilia

Many thanks to Tim Harrison and the Middlesbrough Diocesan Choir for coming to sing Vespers for the Feast of St Cecilia, the Patron Saint of Music. Thank you also the the good number of people who braved a cold evening to come out.

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We were treated to a beautiful selection of music - plainchant antiphons, settings by Herbert Howells and Viadana together with some good congregational singing. A beautiful new motet by Thomas Hyde, setting words by John Newton, received its première. Fr Bill Charlton, the Parish Priest of Stokesley, supported it all with excellent organ accompaniment.

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Fr Richard preached on the power of beauty - and of music in particular - to draw people closer to God, a theme dear to St Philip Neri and the Oratory.

Let's hope this inspires many people to volunteer to sing in the new St Wilfrid's choir. If you are interested in joining the choir, please get in touch with Fr Richard. The choir will sing at the 11am Mass on Sundays and rehearse for an hour from 9.30am until 10.30am beforehand in the Upper Room.