Gala concert to celebrate church’s 150th year

2017-04-13 06:02
St Katharines Church’s 150th year will be celebrated on Saturday, April 29th. In building the church, locally quarried rough-hewn stone was used.           Photo:ST KATHARINES CHURCH

St Katharines Church’s 150th year will be celebrated on Saturday, April 29th. In building the church, locally quarried rough-hewn stone was used. Photo:ST KATHARINES CHURCH

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Sesquicentennial anniversary … now there’s a term not heard too often!

Well it all has to do with a gala concert on Saturday, April 29th in celebration of the 150th year of St Katharine’s Anglican Church, the imposing Victorian building in the heart of Uitenhage.

In building the church, locally quarried rough-hewn stone was used and the foundation stone was laid in 1867.

Under slate since 1966, St Katharine’s treasures include some exquisite stained glass, a magnificent memorial reredos and the entirely original 1911 Norman and Beard 18 stop organ.

The organ, which is powerful enough to lead a capacity congregation of almost 300, will be in action at the gala concert of choral, brass and organ music.

The visiting 24 voice choir of the Cathedral Church of St Cyprian the Martyr, Kimberley, will be under the baton of their cathedral organist and master of the choristers, Peter Black. They will be joined by a further dozen local singers, members of the newly re-founded Port Elizabeth Choristers.

Professor Erik Albertyn’s Nelson Mandela University brass and percussion ensemble (comprising three trumpets, three trombones, French horn and Timpani) will join three talented young organists who share the organ bench, providing accompaniment for the choral items.

The gala concert starts at 18:00 on Saturday, April 29th and the evening continues with a gourmet cheese and wine tasting reception in St Katharine’s Hall, to which all adult audience members are invited.

Please note that seating for the 240 tickets being made available to the public is unreserved.

Tickets, priced at R100, which include the cheese and wine tasting, are selling fast.

Guests are requested to note the dress code is evening smart wear and there will be secure and guarded parking available from 17:00 to 20:30 in the church grounds and surrounding precincts on the evening of the concert.

  • Tickets are available online at www.quicket.co.za or between 07:00-11:00 at the ticket kiosk in St Katharine’s Church Office, Market Street, Uitenhage, 041 992 1983.

(-Heilie Combrinck)

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