Many thanks to the choir and musicians from the Latvian community who joined us for Mass on Sunday and gave a concert afterwards — some of them had flown in especially to sing at St Alphonse. The musicians were joined at Mass by our own music group, and the result was truly inspiring and uplifting. In spite of the snowy conditions, many people stayed from the concert and were delighted they had done so. So thank you again to all involved, and ‘until the next time!’

Fr Ed

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I attended the rehearsal yesterday evening for today’s Mass and concert (details below). I highly recommend the concert, and I know the music at Mass will be extra special. If you’re not snowbound (conditions centre-ville are fine) do come and enjoy the musical feast and special Mass.

Fr Ed

‘Gentle and lowly of heart’ is the title of a concert of Latvian folk songs which will take place in the church of St Alphonse at 12:20 on Sunday 1st February. The concert, organised by a member of our music group, focuses on the image of God which permeates Latvian folk songs. The musicians playing at the concert will also be playing alongside our own Music Group at the 11:15 Mass on the same day — something that promises to be a musical feast, and something which further enhances our Sunday worship. Entry is free, and there will be a freewill collection towards expenses, and to help fund an art and music project in the European School called Identity — exploring cultural identity amongst Latvian students.

Fr Ed

A flyer for the concert can be found here:

Gentle and Lowly in Heart

Further information on Latvian folk music, the ‘kokle’ instrument, and the musicians, can be found here.