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Stellar singing supporting the Mission!

Our thanks to ‘Vox Coelestis’, pictured in rehearsal at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh last weekend, under the direction of the internationally acclaimed choral conductor Nigel Short, who gave a concert in aid of the Mission to Seafarers Scotland.

The choir of some twenty voices sang a programme that ranged from mediaeval plainsong through Renaissance polyphony and works from the 19th and 20th centuries right up to the present day, culminating in the out-of-this-world soundscape created by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, where the choir was accompanied by carefully tuned wine glasses, followed by the world premiere performance of a moving adaption by Jonathan Lane – dedicated to Vox Coelestis and the Mission to Seafarers Scotland – of the seafarers’ hymn ‘Eternal Father, Strong to Save’.

It was not just a treat for the ears – the lighting of the performance in the Cathedral was spectacular!

We are so grateful to all who made the concert happen, to the enthusiastic audience and to the event’s sponsors – and, perhaps, even to the rain that had poured down all day, for reminding us how much we need to support the seafarers who bring us so much of what we rely on, whatever the weather.