On Good Friday night (14th April) the choir of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, under the baton of Director of Music, Peter Stobart, performed John Stainer’s Holy Week oratorio The Crucifixion. The soloists were Josh Spink (Tenor) and Chris Southgate (Bass), accompanied by acclaimed Limerick organist Trevor Selby on the Cathedral Organ.
Over 150 people came along to make this special occasion part of their Good Friday observance and Holy Week journey. The Dean of Cork, the Very Revd Nigel Dunne, said after the performance:
Following some considerable thought and debate about how the Cathedral could provide something beyond of our usual Good Friday solemn liturgy, we decided to offer the city and wider county this ‘liturgical performance’ – not quite a concert, and not quite a service. I am delighted that it has appealed to so many and hope that we might offer something similar during Holy Week next year.
The full Cathedral choir, now with over thirty boy and girl choristers, eight Lay Vicars Choral (adults), and several other deputy Lay Vicars, produced a wonderful sound on the night, not to mention those present, who joined heartily in the singing of the hymns which are part of the oratorio.