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Hawai’i Sacred Choir Soars to Ely Cathedral

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Choir members between songs


     Ely Cathedral in England is considered one of the seven wonders of the medieval world.  This July, a small community choir from O’ahu will be singing the great Cathedral’s Episcopalian religious services for a full week, adding a little Hawaiian flavor as well.  HPR’sNoeTanigawa reports.

The Hawai’i Sacred Choir will perform Sunday May 18th at St. Andrews’ Cathedral, 3pm, in a benefit concert featuring a special premiere.  John McCreary, past organist/choir director of St. Andrew's Cathedral, wanted to write a special version of his "Hawaiian Mass" just for Hawai'i Sacred Choir to sing at Ely on July 13, but he passed away before he could complete the project.  Choirmaster Dan Werning completed the composition, and the choir will perform it at Ely Cathedral in England.   They will honor Betsy McCreary, John's widow, by premiering this piece at their May 18 concert at St. Andrew's, 3pm.  Organist Mark Wong will accompany the Choir.   The concert is free and the public is welcome.

The Hawai'i Sacred Choir has received the rare honor of being chosen to sing  a whole week of religious services at England's Ely Cathedral.  They have raised 80 thousand dollars toward the trip but need to raise 83 thousand dollars more by June first.  They are actively seeking ways to do that now.  They invite sponsorship of individual singers and for large gifts, are offering to "bring the whole choir (40 people) to sing at your event during the next year.”


Noe Tanigawa covered art, culture and ideas for two decades at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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