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Choir to sing tribute to St Nicolas

St Stephen’s Cathedral music director Dr Ralph Morton rehearses cathedral choristers

Joyful song: St Stephen’s Cathedral music director Dr Ralph Morton rehearses cathedral choristers for the St Nicolas concert.

ST Nicolas, not “the jolly old Santa Claus in a red suit”, will be celebrated by St Stephen’s Cathedral Choir on Sunday, November 24.

The choir and schola, with accompaniment from the Pulse Chamber Orchestra from the University of Queensland, will deliver the tribute in a cantata “St Nicolas” by famed British composer Benjamin Britten.

Cathedral music director Dr Ralph Morton said “concert-goers should expect to be inspired, challenged and strengthened in their faith by the story and musical setting”.

“This is not the St Nicolas of ‘jolly old Santa Claus in a red suit’ fame, but the real saint of the fourth century, who gave all his wealth to charity, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, became Bishop of Myra and was imprisoned for his faith,” he said.

“He is patron saint of children, seamen and travellers.”

The concert starts at 4pm with parking from 3pm via the Charlotte Street entrance.

For information contact (07) 3876 6812 or visit www.ststephensmusic.com

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