Music is an extremely important part of the life and worship of Grahamstown Cathedral.
Dr Andrew-John Bethke, the previous Director of Music at the Cathedral, left after Easter 2017. At the time it was announced that a suitable successor had been appointed. However, he was a UK citizen, and was required to obtain a visa to work in South Africa. After eighteen months of effort, it became apparent that this was actually going to prove impossible, and the decision was taken to re-advertise the post.
The Cathedral is looking for a dynamic church musician, with a passion for promoting Church music in a diversity of styles and languages, as an integral part of the worship of Almighty God. Duties will include directing the music and playing the organ for Cathedral worship, and training the young members of the Makana Choir School. For further details of the vacant position, click here.
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…
Makana Choir School 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 2018. 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.
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
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.
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 …
Listen to a variety of video clips of the Cathedral Choir and Marimbas, among others!