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Manchester Cathedral’s 600th Anniversary Service

From our Director of Music, Ms Madden: “On Thursday, 5th May, our Gospel Choir had the privilege of being invited to sing at the Cathedral during a very special service to celebrate the 600th Anniversary of the Collegiate Church in Manchester.

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell, The Lord Archbishop of York, gave a memorable sermon, acknowledging the contribution of Manchester Cathedral and the wider community to the development of social justice and the role of the iconic ‘worker bees’ of Manchester.

We were welcomed by the Dean of Manchester, The Very Revd Rogers Govender MBE and other Clerical and Civic Dignitaries, including the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Tommy Judge, Afzhal Khan MP, the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Lorraine Worsley-Carter MBE, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham (pictured on the front page after the service), the Bishops of Manchester and Middleton, and many other honourable guests who joined together in a wonderful ecumenical service of celebration.

Our Gospel Choir gave a moving rendition of Richard Smallwood’s Total Praise, led by Ms Carla Jane and accompanied by myself. The choir was magnificent, including soloists Rosalia, Hannah and Claire, and they all sang with power, passion and professionalism. We are very proud of them. Some comments included “Superb!”, “You sang beautifully, well done” and “My daughter love being part of the Gospel Choir today”.”

The recording of the service is on the Cathedral Facebook page. The Gospel Choir can be heard at approx. 35 mins:


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13th May 2022 – Vol 38 | No 31