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November 24th, 2013 - Cathedral Boys Choir sing in Pontefract
Cathedral Boys Choir sing in Pontefract



On Sunday 24 November the Cathedral Boys Choir travelled to St Joseph's Church in Pontefract to sing Sunday Mass for the feast of Christ the King.

St Joseph's Church is the oldest church in the Diocese and was built in 1806 before the Catholic Emancipation of 1829. It replaced the mission church of St. Michael of Carleton Green, founded about 1685 by Father Hammerton S.J. of Purston. As it was built before the Catholic Emancipation, it deliberately looks like a large house or a nonconformist chapel rather than a church from the outside. Inside is a beautiful classical church with superb acoustics for singing.

The cathedral boys sang from the west end choir gallery, accompanied by Daniel Justin on the organ. The mass setting was by Rheinberger and the communion motet was ‘Panis Angelicus' by Franck. At the offertory, the boy's sang ‘Deo Gratias' from Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols and ‘Verbum supernum' by Rheinberger. The parish priest, Fr. Simon Lodge gave the boys a warm welcome and thanked their parents for bringing their children out to Pontefract to sing for mass. 



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