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Cathedral of St Michael and St George


Festival Programme 2006

The Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Grahamstown

30 June to 7 July 2006

SpiritFest is presenting a kaleidoscope of events at the Cathedral during this year's National Arts Festival. SpiritFest is a celebration of the art of the spirit, from the Festival Mass to choirs, organ recitals, lectures and discussions, hand bells and the Cathedral tower bells ringing out joyfully across the city.

Nancy Charton is SpiritFest's Guest of Honour. Nancy, who was professor of Politics at Rhodes University, was the first woman priest to be ordained in South Africa. Bishop Thabo will introduce her to the audience when he welcomes her to the Cathedral, on behalf of SpiritFest, at the first choir recital on Sunday 2nd July at 14h30.


Don't miss the Festival Eucharist with the choir of St John's College, Oxford.


Friday 30th June

13:15 - 14:00 Organ Recital by Pete Buisseret and Myles Hartley
17:30 - 18:20 Lifelines, presented by Chris Mann and Julia Skeen.
Songs, images and words about animals based on a new book that integrates science, art and literature.

Saturday 1st July

13:15 - 14:00 Handbells

Sunday 2nd July

09:30 - 11:00 Festival Eucharist
14:30 - 16:00 Choir Recital, St John's College, Oxford

Monday 3rd July

11:00 - 12:00 Friendship: interpreting Christian Love Lecture by Rev Dr Liz Carmichael
13:15 - 14:00 Handbells
19:00 - 20:30 Choir Recital: St John's College, Oxford

Tuesday 4th July

11:00 - 12:00 Cracking the da Vinci Code Lecture by Bill Domeris
13:15 - 14:00 Marimbas
17:30 - 18:20 Lifelines, presented by Chris Mann, Julia Skeen.

Wednesday 5th July

11:00 - 12:00 Are we standing on the Threshold of a Post Secular World? Lecture by Professor Peter Rose
13:15 - 14:00 Handbells

Thursday 6th July

11:00 - 12:00 The Church in Zimbabwe: A case of misplaced priorities: Lecture by Rev Archford Musodzwa
13:15 - 14:00 Marimbas
17:30 - 18:20 Lifelines, presented by Chris Mann, Julia Skeen.

Friday 7th July

11:00 - 12:00 Are Modern Science and Faith Compatible? Lecture by Professor Pat Terry
13:15 - 14:00 Handbells


Lifelines

Presented by Chris Mann and Julia Skeen.
This invites us to consider Animals not so much as Beasts or Feasts, Pets or Threats but as our Chromosome Cousins.
Songs, images and words about animals based on a new book that integrates science, art and literature.

Choir Recitals

Continuing the choral tradition begun by its founder in 1555, St John's College, Oxford, choir comprises about 26 undergraduate and graduate students. They are selected by audition and include up to eight Choral Scholars, under the musical direction of the undergraduate Organ Scholars and graduate Kendrew Music Student. The Choir sings Choral Evensong and the Eucharist regularly during Term. Recent tours have been to the USA, Sweden, France and Ireland. They have sung in Wetminster Abbey and various English Cathedrals. There will be two choir recitals at the Cathedral. The recitals will include music by Tallis, Byrd, Palestrina, Purcell, Bach, Brahms, Verdi and Parry.

Organ Recital

Peter Buisseret and Myles Hartley, Organ Scholars at St John's College, Oxford will give the recital. His programme will include music by Messiaen, Bach, Dupre, Mendelssohn & Couperin.

Lecture & Disscussion Series

Friendship: interpreting Christian Love
Rev Dr Liz Carmichael: Chaplain of St John's College, Oxford.
Dr Carmichael is a medical doctor and theologian who has spent over twelve years in South Africa and who was ordained in Johannesburg. Her experience of our society contributed significantly to the theme of her book "Friendship: Interpreting Christian Love" which presents Christian Love in a fresh new way.

Are we standing on the threshold of a post-secular age?
Peter Rose, Professor of Biotechnology, Rhodes University

Are modern science and faith compatible?
Pat Terry, Professor of Computer Science Rhodes University

Cracking the Da Vinci Code:
Reverend Dr Bill Domeris former Associate Professor of Religious Studies University of The Witwatersrand

The church in Zimbabwe: a case of misplaced priorities.
Rev Archford Musodzwa

Hand Bell Concerts

The Goose's Revenge based on Popular Nursery Rhymes, Songs & Hymns

Marimba Concerts

African Folk Music