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St Anne's Cathedral to join Corrymeela for Cantate

Cantate! - a concert to celebrate St Cecilia's Day will take place on November 22. Picture by Hugh Russell

ST ANNE'S Cathedral in, Belfast will resound with some heavenly music in a concert to celebrate St Cecilia's Day.

On Tuesday November 22 at 7pm, the cathedral will joins with Corrymeela to present Cantate.

The concert will feature three choirs – Jubilate! Chamber Choir, St Anne's Girls' Choir and the Voices Together Community Choir.

There will also be poems and readings by the Very Rev John Mann, Dean of Belfast and Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela Community.

St Cecilia was born in the second century and is a famous Roman Martyr, understood to have been beheaded by a sword. St Cecilia is the Patron Saint of Music, and numerous musical compositions are dedicated to her. Her feast day, November 22, has become the occasion for concerts and festivals.

Cantate will raise funds for Corrymeela.

"Dean John Mann and Pádraig Ó Tuama have a well–established working relationship and are keen to further reconciliation and outreach in Belfast," said Desney Cromey, one of the concert organisers.

"This is an opportunity for us to work with some of the best resources we have which on this occasion is beautiful music. It will be a superb evening.

"The concert takes place the week before Advent. It is a peaceful time and it will give people an opportunity to reflect, with some of the music leading into Advent. It will be a cold winter night so please come in and warm your heart with some heavenly music."

:: Tickets are £10 and are available from www.musicglue.com/belfast–cathedral. Alternatively, call into the cathedral office or Corrymeela.

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