Final Ex Cathedra concert at The Oratory

June 2012 Amy and Themba in focus reversed- credit Adrian Burrows youtube2

The Birmingham Post has written an article about our final performance at The Oratory in Birmingham tomorrow night (Wednesday 25 June).

The Oratory has taken the decision that it will no longer host concerts, in order to conserve the character of the building. Our Artistic Director Jeffrey Skidmore says:

“The Provost, Fr. Ignatius Harrison, explains that this is partly because of a directive issued by the Vatican in the 1980s, which I’m afraid we have been rather slow to catch up with. Of course we accept and respect the decision.

“It’s the end of a wonderful relationship lasting almost 30 years. Ex Cathedra’s first concert in the Oratory was in 1985 in a series of programmes featuring Birmingham churches.

“In this exquisitely spiritual church we have performed much of the greatest sacred music ever written, and in 1991 in its perfect acoustic we recorded our first CD.”

Tickets are sold out for the tomorrow night’s concert, with returns only on the door. However, tickets are still available for our next concert of music for the Sun King in October.

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