Christmas at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

In the run up to Christmas, St Fin Barre’s Cathedral held a Christmas Concert and two Festivals of Nine Lessons and Carols.

The Christmas Concert program included Benjamin Britten’s seasonal classic ‘A Ceremony of Carols’, which was sung by the Girl Choristers split into three Soprano parts and accompanied by Anne-Marie Papin Labazordiere on the harp. This piece has become a regular Christmas Feature of the Cathedral’s upper voices, having been performed for the third time this year.

One of the Girl Choristers singing the solo in the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’
The Director of Music, Peter Stobart, conducting the choir

The two Festivals of Nine Lessons and Carols were held on the 19th December with the Girl Choristers and on the Evening of the 24th December with the Boy Choristers. The Adult Lay Vicars Choral sang at both events. Despite the lack of audience participation due to ongoing restrictions, the Choir managed to convey the festive mood by including a wide variety of repertoire.

The Very Rev. Nigel Dunne, Dean of Cork, commented:

The Christmas events were all a great success. I would like to thank the whole music department for their hard work and all the people who came to support us during these difficult times.

The Dean of Cork, Nigel Dunne, reading one of the lessons
The Bishop of Cork, the Right Rev. Dr Paul Colton, giving an address
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