St Marie's Cathedral sThe Diocesan Cathedral of St Marie’s in Sheffield has benefited greatly from its recent major restoration.

The refurbishment of the Cathedral has demonstrated the splendour of the building as a fitting place for our Diocesan community to come together in worship.

St Marie’s is a Grade 11 listed building with superb artistic features.

As part of the Cathedral Fundraising, which aims to enhance and support the development of St Marie’s as a major place of worship in the City of Sheffield, a series of concerts are held in the Cathedral.

During the month of March two exciting events have been planned specifically for our Diocesan community.

On Friday 7 March, the First Friday in Lent , the Choirs of St Anne’s Cathedral, Leeds are coming to Sheffield to the beautiful Cathedral of St Marie’s to provide an evening of sacred music for Lent.

The programme centres on the work of the Estonian Composer of sacred music, Arvo Part.  It includes great pieces of music, such as The Beatitudes, Cantate Domino (Sing to the Lord) and Berliner Messe, music which follows a standard Mass setting and includes the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei.

There will also be a presentation of the Italian composer, Allegri’s Miserere, a piece which translates as “ have mercy on me, O God” and is a setting of Psalm 51 composed during the reign of Pope Urban V111 for use in the Sistine Chapel.

Leeds Cathedral has one of the greatest music departments among Catholic Cathedrals in the UK.  There are five Cathedral Choirs, which make up a total of 110 members: junior boys, junior girls, senior girls, senior boys and adults.  The senior boys, the senior girls and the adult choirs will be singing at St Marie’s on Friday March 7th.

Leeds Cathedral Choir s

These choirs sing at Mass including a regular lunchtime Mass at St Anne’s Cathedral and also Vespers each week.  They sing at more than 300 services each year.  The Choirs have made CD recordings on the Brilliant Classics label and a number of their performances have been broadcast on television including at Midnight Mass and for “Songs of Praise”.

So this really is a wonderful opportunity to hear them perform locally and also to experience sacred music during this special time of Lent.

Poster Leeds Cathedral choir concert sPoster Missa Criolla s

Tickets for 7 March £5.  To book in advance, please visit www.stmariecathedral.org, or telephone 0114 22 33 777.  Booking fees apply.  Tickets also available on the door.

Tickets for 21 March £10/£5 concessions.  To book in advance, please visit www.stmariecathedral.org or telephone 0114 2233777.  Booking fees apply.  Tickets also available on the door.

Concert to Celebrate the Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis

On Friday 21 March St Marie’s Cathedral is holding a concert of sacred music dedicated to the first anniversary of the pontificate of Pope Francis, the first Latin American Pope.  The music chosen for this celebratory evening is from the Argentinian Composer, Ariel Ramirez.

Ariel Ramirez was born in Argentina and had a great interest in the folk music of that country.  The Misa Criolla (Creole Mass) was written in the early days of non Latin Masses following Vatican 11.  It was recorded in 1965 and features the key prayers of the Mass, the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Credo, the Sanctus and the Agnus Dei.

It is said that this Creole Mass came about when Ariel Ramirez was in Germany after World War 11.  He met a group of nuns which led him to consider writing a piece of spiritual music.

Back in Argentina he had collected over 400 folk and country songs and popular music.  These indigenous instruments and rhythms are incorporated into the Misa Criolla.  This creates a very special piece of music and is a very fitting way to recognise the first anniversary of Pope Francis.

Sheffield Chamber Choir s

The Sheffield Chamber Choir will sing the Misa Criolla in St Marie’s on Friday, 21 March.  They are a liturgical choir who are not attached to any particular church.  The choir exists to provide music for churches and organisations that do not have their own choirs, and also sings regularly in English Cathedrals, providing cover, as do many other choirs, when the Cathedral choirs are on holiday.  Recent Cathedral visits include York, Peterborough, Worcester, Lincoln, Ripon, Lichfield, York and Southwell, several of them on more than one occasion, and the choir always receives a warm invitation to return.