There was a Diocesan Come and Sing Choral Evensong on Saturday 7th October in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork. Over forty people took part, travelling from across the Diocese (some from Ballydehob and Bantry) as well as from other parts of the country (Limerick and Athlone). Several different choirs were represented, including the choirs of St Luke’s Church, Douglas, St Mary’s Church, Carrigaline and St Peter’s Church, Bandon, as well as the East Cork Choral Society. The event was led by Cathedral Director of Music, Peter Stobart with Matthew Breen, Assistant Director of Music, at the organ.
The music included Bairstow’s anthem Save us, O Lord and the canticles were Walmisley in D minor. These had two soprano parts, giving the singers an additional challenge. Peter Stobart said:
I was delighted to see so many enthusiastic singers attending the event. The risk is always that the voice parts will be imbalanced but we were lucky to have a solid turnout from all voice types. I think part of the attraction is that the singers make new friends on the day and a cup of tea between the rehearsal and service helps this along!