News from around the Archdiocee of Liverpool
The Annual Inclusive Mass arranged by Nugent Care as a special celebratory occasion with those who have disabilities, is at 3.00 pm today, 1 October.
Last month I itemised the schedule for the visit of the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima and relics of two of the children saints: Jacinta and Francisco. Posters have been sent to every parish and I hope you are able to come and spend some time on either 6/7 October to pay a visit to the Cathedral.
It provides us all with an opportunity to pray for the archdiocese and seek Our Lady’s intercession, following the Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter the previous weekend, outlining the way ahead for the next few years leading up to a Diocesan Synod in 2020. There is an evening mass on Friday at 7.00 pm and the Departure Mass is on Saturday at 12.00 noon.
Aid to the Church in Need have arranged a talk on the evening of 10 October given by Father Martin Banni of the Diocese of Erbil in Iraq. He will be describing their plans to try and rebuild and encourage resettlement of Christians in the region.
On Saturday 14 October there will be a Mass at 4.00 pm in the Crypt Chapel for the Brazilian Community on Merseyside. The Mass will be in celebrated in Portuguese. Following the memorial of St Edward the Confessor on Friday 13 October, St Edward’s College join us for the Solemn Mass that Sunday. Later in the afternoon at 3.00 pm there is the Annual ‘Pause for Hope Service’ for all who have been affected by Cancer.
Mozart’s Requiem at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
by Dr Christopher McElroy, Director of Music, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
The story of Mozart’s unfinished masterpiece, his Requiem, has caused speculation and intrigue since Mozart’s death in 1791. It is commonly believed that the score lay unfinished when he died, and that ‘other hands’ completed it. Legend has it that the commission was received and delivered via a masked messenger who kept the identity of the commissioner secret, possibly as they intended to pass the work off as their own.
The mystery surrounding the Requiem was brought into the wider public consciousness in 1984 by the release of the film ‘Amadeus’, which won eight Oscars including best picture and best actor. The film still proves popular, but scholarship in establishing exactly which bits of the Requiem Mozart may (or may not) have written has moved on greatly.
The genesis and reception of the Requiem are only a small part of the reason of the popularity of the work. The music is gripping, from the blood curling ‘Dies irae’ to the tears of the Lacrimosa, making it one of the most popular pieces to be performed in concert halls and Cathedrals across the world.
As part of our Cathedral’s jubilee celebrations, there will be a very special performance on Wednesday 15 November. For the first time ever, the choir of Westminster Cathedral will join Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir to sing together. This is the first time that Westminster Cathedral Choir will ever have performed in Liverpool. Commonly understood as the finest two RC choirs in the country, this performance of the Requiem by the joint choirs promises to be a night to remember.
The choirs will be accompanied by the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, who will complete an all-Mozart programme by performing the Masonic Funeral Music and Symphony No.41 ‘Jupiter’, directed by their resident conductor Adam Kornas. The choirs and orchestra will be joined by excellent local soloists Barbara Ruzsics (Soprano), Stephanie Guidera (Alto),
David Lee (Tenor) and Damian O’Keeffe (Bass).
The joint choirs and orchestra singing the Requiem will be conducted by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Christopher McElroy. We are enormously excited to welcome Westminster Cathedral Choir and the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra to join us in this special Jubilee Concert: the combination of these performers and the magical architecture of our Cathedral promises to make it a musical highlight of the Cathedral’s first fifty years.
Tickets for the concert (available on a first come, first served basis) are £20 for premium seats/ £15 for standard seats and are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/lpoolmetmusic or the Cathedral Shop on 0151 707 3525.