Grahamstown

Music

Music is an extremely important part of the life and worship of Grahamstown Cathedral.

Grahamstown Cathedral Choir and Makana Choir School

The Cathedral of St Michael and St George in Grahamstown is home to many treasures, given over the years to the glory of God and for the inspiration of those who come into the building to worship. One of the most exciting treasures of the Cathedral is not ancient, but very much alive, the music made by the Choir. The choir consists of some dozen adults and the young choristers of the Makana Choir School.

The Makana Choir School offers scholarships towards young people attending local government schools, who are members of the Cathedral Choir. This scholarship scheme is funded by donors, both corporate and individual. Read more…

Thanks for result of Sponsorship appeal: Organ Lessons for Bayanda Mthetho

God is so good! A donor provided a gift of six months’ organ lessons for our young organist, Bayanda Mthetho. And to add to the joy, the family of the donor offered to match the sum, so Bayanda’s organ lessons are covered for the whole of 2018… more

Director of Music

It has been announced that Mr Cameron Luke has been appointed to be the next Cathedral Director of Music. He has been Director of Music at All Saints’ Church, Cheltenham, in the UK, since 2007. The date of his arrival in Grahamstown can unfortunately not be announced yet. As a UK citizen he has to obtain a visa to work in South Africa… more

Marimbas

For more than ten years groups of marimba players have performed regularly during Cathedral services. Penny Whitford, an experienced music teacher who retired to Grahamstown in, put a great deal of work into training a number of groups of marimba players of all ages. The present group of St Michael’s Marimba players, all young people, is trained and conducted by Asakhe Cuntsulana, a music student at Rhodes, and continues to go from strength to strength. The group has performed regularly on the National Arts Festival over more than a decade, and their performances are always popular. For a clip of them playing during the 2017 Festival, with Asakhe on the recorder and drum, click here.

Organ

The Cathedral organ  was built by Bevington of London in 1860 and installed in a gallery at the west end of the nave. In 1893, it was moved to its present position above the chancel, and in 1905 “restored and enlarged.” More …

CDs

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Extracts from:

Bayanda Mthetho playing the Cathedral organ.

Bawo Wam (trad. arr. Kepadisa) conducted by Kutlwano Kepadisa.

Ascendit Deus (anon) conducted by Kutlwano Kepadisa.

Evensong Responses (Patrick Wise) conducted by Andrew-John Bethke.