St Pat’s gets op­er­atic boost

Central Leader - - News -

In­ter­na­tional opera stars will take the stage at St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral start­ing tonight to help fund the re­main­ing cost of the church’s restora­tion.

Two con­certs will fea­ture An­gela M Brown and New Zealan­der Si­mon O’Neill, with sup­port­ing artists Kate Spense, Morag Atchi­son, Claire Filer, James Ioela and Cameron Bar­clay.

The Auck­land Phil­har­mo­nia Orches­tra will be con­ducted by Hamish McKeitch and their pro­gramme will cover re­quiems, can­tatas, motets and masses with se­lec­tions from Han­del, Haydn and Verdi as well as more mod­ern mu­sic.

Pro­ceeds from the event will be used to help off­set the re­main­ing $1.8 mil­lion debt for the cathe­dral restora­tion.

“Th­ese con­certs of­fer a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate an out­stand­ing restora­tion of what is an im­por­tant part of Auck­land’s her­itage and ar­chi­tec­ture,” says Auck­land mayor John Banks.

Con­certs will be­gin at 7.30pm tonight, to­mor­row and Fri­day.

Tick­ets range from $60 to $175.

For book­ings con­tact the cathe­dral on 303-4509.

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