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New Chorister robed
- Congratulations and a warm welcome to Kuhle Pama, who has completed her period of probation in the Makana Choir School. At Evensong on Sunday 14 October she was inducted and robed.
Publication of new Southern African hymnbook
The Southern African Multilingual Hymn Collection was compiled by Dr Andrew-John Bethke, who did much of the preliminary work while he was Director of Music at our Cathedral. The new hymnbook contains a much larger selection of hymns than the “little blue books” we have been using in the Cathedral, and includes music, and English translations. To order copies (R100 each), please contact Revd Cynthia Botha of the Provincial Publishing Department on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two new student Lay Ministers
On Sunday 9 September we welcomed two brand-new Lay Ministers, both students: Theo Duxbury and Thandiwe Gabavana. May God bless them in their ministry!
Makana Choir School AGM
On 2 September the Makana Choir School held its AGM. The meeting was attended by 25 choristers, parents and parishioners, who also watched the video clip of ‘Slice of Light’ which featured the Makana Choir School. Congratulations to the newly elected Committee: David Gain (Chair), Virginia David-Engelbrecht (Treasurer), Maggy Clarke (Secretary), Cathy Meiklejohn (Fund-raiser) together with Kutlwano Kepadisa, Glyn Lloyd-Jones, Jessica Smith and Penny Whitford. The 2019 Head Chorister will become an ex officio member of the Committee when he/she is chosen.
Archbishop addresses land issue
In the letter from Archbishop Thabo to the Laos – to the people of God, 1 September 2018, he addresses the vital issue of the Land and the Churches.
Prayer Bead Workshop
The monthly Quiet Afternoon on 11 August took place in the Chapter House instead of at the Monastery, which was not available. An unusually large group, including many students, came along and learned from Julia Mann Skeen about Anglican Prayer Beads, and put this into practice making their own sets of prayer beads.
Women’s Day Champagne Breakfast
On Women’s Day, 9 August 2018, the Cathedral hosted women – and men – to a Champagne Breakfast in St George’s Hall. The team led by Rose Spanneberg and Katie Appollis made sure the venue looked lovely, and the food was delicious.
What a lovely crowd we had!
See more pictures in our Gallery.
Grahamstown Cathedral on TV
Makana Choir School was featured in an episode of the religious programme Slice of Light, which was broadcast on SABC2, on Sunday 5 August. This included short interviews with choir conductor Kutlwano Kepadisa, and two of the junior choir boys, Xolisa Foley and Junaid Douglas. The programme can be downloaded from YouTube.
Silver for Kwantu Choir at World Choir Games
Warmest congratulations to our Choir Intern and interim Director of Music, Kutlwano Kepadisa (Kepa) on a superb achievement by the choir he founded and conducts, Makhanda Kwantu Community Choir. The World Choir Games came to South Africa this year, and took place in Pretoria in July. Despite the high cost involved, Kepa managed to obtain sponsorship from among others, Henkel SA, Beer Properties Grahamstown, the Grahamstown Music Society, the National Arts Festival’s (NAF) Creative City and private individuals. At the Festival Eucharist on 8 July, when the choir was due to catch the bus for Pretoria that night, it was reported that Kwantu Choir was R1000 short of their target. A retiring collection resulted in the target being met, and indeed exceeded.
The Choir which took part in the Games consisted of 18 members, some of them still at school. They included four current members of the Makana Choir School (and Cathedral Choir), and a further four former members, as well as our Director of the St Michael’s Marimbas, Asakhe Cuntsulana.
They sang in a qualifying round on 10 July, which they passed with flying colours. After taking part in a number of concerts, they were awarded a Silver Diploma Level IX.
We are so proud of them!
For a video of them at the World Choir Games, click here.
God’s glory shone out at Spiritfest!
The Cathedral was the venue for many of the events during Spiritfest, the local Churches’ ecumenical initiative in the National Arts Festival.
There were lively concerts by our own St Michael’s Marimbas, by Kwantu Choir under Kutlwano Kepadisa – shortly before they left for the World Choir Games – and by Fafa Hopkins (a.k.a. Chris Mann) who presented his song poems with graphics by Julia Skeen Mann.
Sadly the Cathedral was unable to welcome our own Director of Music Designate, Cameron Luke, to give an organ recital as scheduled during Spiritfest, due to ongoing problems with his South African work visa. Many thanks to Fr Noël-Jean Creille from Port Alfred, who stepped in at almost no notice and gave a delightful concert.
The Spiritfest Winter School and Open Mic both took place in the Cathedral Coffee Shop, situated in the Chapter House. Much food for thought and interesting discussion in a congenial space, with coffee and cake too.
And above all there was wonderful worship of almighty God! The Cathedral Choir sang Choral Evensong on the first Friday evening, and on the first Sunday they were joined by the Kwantu Choir for the Festival Eucharist. The quiet candlelit plainsong service, Lucernarium, followed on the Wednesday evening, and as a culmination of the whole Spiritfest Sunday 8 July saw us welcoming the Choir of Jesus College Cambridge conducted by Richard Pinel, for the final Festival Eucharist, as well as local soprano soloist Emma Farquharson. The music of these singers was a foretaste of heaven!
One of the Spiritfest exhibitions this year was in the Cathedral, two sculptures by Niel Jonker of Archbishop Tutu and Fr (later Archbishop) Huddleston. These stayed in the Cathedral until 31 July, before being moved to the College of the Transfiguration. They can be seen there until the end of August.
A number of new videos of events at the Cathedral during Spiritfest can be found on our Videos page.
Makana Choir School Funding Drive
The Cathedral Choir consists of some dozen adults and the young choristers of the Makana Choir School. Throughout the year the Choir sings at morning Eucharist services twice a month, and at Evensong twice a month. The Vision of the Choir School is to develop the musicianship of young choristers and thereby to develop them as well-rounded leaders in their community. In return for the choristers’ commitment to the Choir they may be eligible to receive a Scholarship towards their school fees.
The Makana Choir School would like to ask for your support towards this worthwhile project. A number of individual donors make regular monthly payments to the Choir School, which although not large in themselves, together make a valuable contribution towards the Choir School’s budget. Please consider joining them. Read more about the Choir School, their vision and objectives, budget and achievements, here…
We believe we are called to be a vibrant, attractive, diverse, welcoming, all age community of people who seek to follow Christ.
The Cathedral’s ministry seeks at all times to be obedient to the call of God through Jesus Christ.
Key Performance Areas
- Pastoral care and building community
- Families, children and young people
- Teaching, discipleship and evangelism
- Mission, ministry and outreach
- Administration, communication and oversight
- Cathedral plant and physical environment
- Dedication and stewardship
Letters from Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali
Read Bishop Ebenezer’s latest letter to the clergy and people, August – September 2018.
Bishop Ebenezer wrote on 24 August to clergy and parishioners about a forthcoming workshop of Ibutho Labavakalisi Bakakristu.
Daily prayers of intercessions and thanksgiving for the Diocese of Grahamstown for October 2018.
Umbuliso for June-July 2018
Umbuliso, the newsletter of the Diocese of Grahamstown for June-July 2018 can be downloaded as a pdf.
By Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
30 September 2018: Read the latest letter from Archbishop Thabo to the Laos – to the people of God, an appeal for the people of South Sudan.
1 September 2018: In his previous letter to the Laos – to the people of God, the Archbishop addressed the vital issue of the Land and the Churches.
For further publications of the ACSA and the Diocese of Grahamstown visit our Publications page.