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Biennial Music and Arts Festival

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Penzance Catholic Church - 175th anniversary year

Celebration of Music & Arts - 13th-20th May 2018

From Newsletter 27th May: Music & Arts Festival Week: what a glorious week from every angle; the weather was good and the sun lit up the church to show it in all its beauty, greatly advanced with the stunning floral displays in the Sanctuary, the other arrangements at the entrance, the Font, the statues, and ‘the journey of life;’ the art and craft works; paintings; the beautiful Icons; pottery from Humphry Davy School; the art and collages from each class of our own St Mary’s Catholic School, and a lovely display by our Children’s Liturgy Group. The outstanding standard of all our concerts, from the amazing organ recital by Martin Baker of Westminster Cathedral; the one Schubert String Quartet No 10 lasting over an hour played by the Corineus Quartet: the lovely candlelit Baroque concert played on early instruments by the Heinichen Ensemble, and who always educate us about the Early Music composers. The variety of English Church music from the Girl choristers and Lay Clerks of Truro Cathedral, to the amazing Marian Consort giving us church music of Palestrina, Victoria, Gabriel Jackson & James MacMillan, with an utterly spiritual uplifting Allegri ‘Miserere,’ with two groups of singers in different parts of the church and the Plainsong cantor in the organ gallery, with soaring top ‘C’s’ and then coming down to Cornish earth with our old friends; the Mousehole Male Voice Choir. The week also gave us the opportunity to use the newly created Sacristy Corridor and the new indoor toilets. The delicious extravaganza lunch following the Festival Mass launched the week, and Cheese and Wine, following Vespers and Benediction brought it to a fitting close. As you know the driving force and inspiration behind it all is David Gridley, tremendous thanks to him, the Gaudete Choir Association, and the many volunteers who helped the week to run so smoothly. The Hymn we chose as the theme in this 175th anniversary year was “In our day of thanksgiving,” which reminds us of past priests, worshippers, benefactors and parishioners, all coming together to praise God for his goodness to us.

leaflets with all Festival details are available in our churches
download: Festival Information leaflet
pdf (8.87Mb) OR Concerts summary pdf (60kb)
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Concerts: details below, include an Organ recital by Martin Baker, (Westminster Cathedral); Corineus String Quartet; The Heinichen Ensemble; Truro Cathedral Choir with its girl choristers; the Marian Consort; and Mousehole Male Voice Choir. Refreshments available during intervals. SEASON TICKET: £ 50

Themed Floral displays: Exhibition of Paintings.

Church open daily 10.30am – 12 noon, and from 7 pm for evening concerts.

Sunday 13 May 11.00 am. 
 followed at 12.30 pm by a BUFFET LUNCH in the redeveloped Crypt area. Free entry with advance named ticket. (booking only after 5pm Saturday Mass, or Sunday 11 am Mass, from 21 April - 6 May).

Monday 14 May 7.30 pm. 
Master of the Music at Westminster Cathedral
Music to include: Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue – J S Bach; Fantasia in D minor – Byrd; Chant de mai – Jongen
Symphonie VII in A minor – Widor; Master Tallis’s Testament – Howells

£10 per ticket, including programme

Tuesday 15 May 7.30 pm. 

Ian Raymer – Violin Philip Gurney – Viola
Deborah Reep – Violin Stephen Brown – Cello
This well-known quartet will perform the stunning String Quartet no 15 – Schubert 

£10 per ticket, including programme

Wednesday 16 May 7.30 pm.
THE HEINICHEN ENSEMBLE Directed by Antony White

Programme to include: 
Concertos for recorder, flute, oboe and strings by Heinichen, along with works by Handel, Pepusch and Rebel A candle-lit concert of Baroque music for wind and strings on period instruments.

£10 per ticket, including programme

Thursday 17 May 7.30 pm
Directed by Christopher Gray ( website )
A fabulous programme of music with great cathedral anthems by Wood and Balfour Gardiner, through to sublime Tudor music by Tallis, Tye, Sheppard, Byrd and Weelkes.

£10 per ticket, including programme. Students under 21-free entry

Friday 18 May 7.30 pm. 
Directed by Rory McCleery ( website )
We are delighted to welcome back this highly acclaimed consort in their 10th anniversary year, to help us celebrate our 175th! Music will include pairs of settings of sacred texts:
Miserere Mei – Gregorio Allegri and James MacMillan; Stabat Mater – Gabriel Jackson (world première) and Palestrina; Ave Maria – Palestrina

£10 per ticket, including programme

Saturday 19 May 10.30 am. 
with Rory McCleery
If you enjoy singing music of the style you will hear on Friday evening, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

£10 to include refreshments and music

Saturday 19 May 7.30 pm. 
Directed by Stephen Lawry  ( website )
Music to include: Sound Celebration – Tom Gentry; One Song – Marvin Hamlisch; The Impossible Dream – Mitch Leigh; Stars I Shall Find – David Dickau

£10 per ticket, including programme

Sunday 20 May - 
and at 6.00 pm CHORAL VESPERS
to close the Festival Week. Music led by the Church Choir, directed by David Gridley. followed by CHEESE & WINE (& soft drinks)

Concerts SEASON TICKET: £ 50

Contacts: Parish Office e-mail 01736 362619 or David Gridley 07887 608113

leaflets with all Festival details are available in our churches
download Festival Information leaflet
pdf (8.87 Mb) OR Concerts summary pdf (60kb )


Past Festivals - including some Mass recordings.

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