Nine Lessons and Carols 20 December
The Cathedral Choir conducted by Kutlwano Kepadisa.
‘Bogoroditse Djevo‘ by Arvo Pärt.
‘Yazalw’imvana‘ (The Lamb has been born), a carol written by the Cathedral choristers in 2016.
After the re-opening of the Cathedral
1 November: All Souls’ Evening Eucharist. Listen to Jessica Lloyd-Jones singing the Pié Jesu from Andrew-John Bethke’s Requiem Mass, accompanied on the organ by Bayanda Mthetho.
25 October: First service with the Cathedral Junior Choristers including four Probationers from P J Olivier School and Victoria Girls High School. Listen to them singing
Three post-Easter monologues by Chris Mann
Chris wrote: After the crucifixion, many of the followers of Jesus appear to have been bewildered and depressed. Their leader had been put to death, their movement was in danger of being attacked by different factions in Jerusalem. Slowly, during the afterglow, the reality of what had happened began to filter through.
I’ve tried to express those mixed post-Easter feelings, akin I imagine to how many of us feel when buffeted by the rough, unending turbulence of contemporary life, in dramatized monologues, written in poetic form
Many thanks to the actors, the composer and supporting artists who put this together!
Please note the deliberate avoidance of visual images in the monologues. We did this so that the imagination of you the listener can respond to the spirituality of the spoken words more independently.
Original Music: © Keith Moss
Digital implementation: Julia Skeen
Click the links to download the YouTube videos.
- The Road to Emmaus, read by Malcolm Hacksley
- The Dream of Mary Magdalene, read by the Reverend Melany Adonis
- Doubting Thomas, read by Lindsay Reardon
Back to School Service
The ad hoc ‘Back to School Choir’, trained by Assistant Director of Music Kutlwano Kepadisa, sang at the Back to School service on 2 February 2020. They were drawn from members of the nine schools which attended the service. Listen to them singing, conducted by the Cathedral Head Chorister, Nzulu Ndlwana, ‘Bawo, Thixo Somandla‘.
Multi-media presentation: ‘Masithi Amen‘
Sarah James, a Rhodes University journalism student, has created a project titled ‘Masithi Amen’. This is a multimedia story on the Cathedral of St Michael and St George which was completed over approximately 6 weeks. It provides a rounded picture of our Grahamstown Cathedral community, including interviews and music as well as pictures and text. Do take the time to explore ‘Masithi Amen‘ – best enjoyed on a laptop or desktop computer. Unfortunately this link is broken.
Organ recital in St Bartholomew’s
On Saturday evening, 23 November 2019, the then Cathedral Director of Music Cameron Luke gave his first ever recital in the southern hemisphere, on the organ of St Bartholomew’s Church in Makhanda/ Grahamstown. Listen to him playing “Penguins’ Playtime” by Nigel Ogden.
National Arts Festival 2019
Excepts from items at Spiritfest events.
The Cathedral Choir, Director Cameron Luke, sang Haydn’s ‘Little Organ Mass’ at the first Sung Eucharist of the National Arts Festival on 30 June 2019. They were accompanied on the organ by former Cathedral Director of Music Christopher Cockburn. Listen to the Gloria.
St Michael’s Marimbas, directed by Asakhe Cuntsulana, gave two concerts in Grahamstown (Makhanda) Cathedral during the National Arts Festival 2019, as part of Spiritfest.
At their concert ‘Choral Extravaganza’ in the Cathedral during the 2019 National Arts Festival, the Makhanda Kwantu Choir directed by Kutlwano Kepadisa sang ‘The Word was God’ by Rosephayne Powell. This is a short extract.
Nine Lessons and Carols service 25 November
Bayanda Mthetho (aged 15) playing part of Bach’s Prelude No 5 in G Major, Bwv 557.
Cathedral Choir End of Year Concert
On Sunday 21 October the Choir conducted by Kutlwano Kepadisa presented their End of Year Concert. Listen to the following excepts from their items:
- ‘Alleluia’ by Gordon Young
- ‘Masite Amen’ arranged by Sidumo Nyamezele, solo sung by Kutlwano Kepadisa
- ‘Ubi Caritas’ by Ola Gjeilo
Cathedral Choristers and Conductor on TV
An episode of ‘Slice of Light’, a religious programme shown on SABC2 Sunday 5 August. This included short interviews with choir conductor Kutlwano Kepadisa, and two of the junior choir boys, Xolisa Foley and Junaid Douglas. Please note this was recorded before the National Arts Festival, and before the Kwantu Community Choir went to the World Choir Games and came back with a Silver award.
National Arts Festival 2018
The Cathedral Choir, conducted by Kutlwano Kepadisa, singing Ukholo Lwami at the Festival Choral Evensong, 29 June 2018.
St Michael’s Marimbas in concert under Asakhe Cuntsulana, Spiritfest 2018.
At the first Festival Eucharist on 1 July 2018, Neo Motsatse played this lovely violin solo, ‘Little Girl’ by Sibongile Khumalo arranged by JB Arthur, together with the Kwantu Choir conducted by Kutlwano Kepadisa.
Spiritfest Ecumenical Street Parade, 8 July 2018.
The choir of Jesus College Cambridge singing at the final Eucharist of the National Arts Festival on 8 July 2018.
St Michael’s Marimbas
Playing during the National Arts Festival, July 2017
- 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.
Bayanda Mthetho (organ)
A clip of Bayanda Mthetho (14) playing the Cathedral organ.
Little Jazz Mass (Bob Chilcott)
Extract from the Gloria, sung during the National Arts Festival, 2 July. An invited group of jazz players and singers, conducted by Kutlwano Kepadisa.
Farewell to Dr Andrew-John Bethke
Watch a video by Grocott’s Mail about how we said farewell to Dr Andrew-John Bethke.
- Magnificat in G (Bethke), conducted by Dr Andrew-John Bethke.