By Lucy Robinson
St Peter’s Cathedral was emptied of its pews on November 12 to raise funds for the first phase of the 150 year Cathedral renovation program.
Guests enjoyed a glass of wine and canapés as they walked around the transformed space, listening to individual voices in the Cathedral Choir and appreciating the acoustic from different vantage points.
Dean of Adelaide, the Very Reverend Frank Nelson, says the evening gave Adelaide’s Anglican community the chance to see the beauty and potential of their Cathedral in a new context.
“People were stunned – an empty cathedral is quite some experience,” Rev’d Nelson says.
“It was a time of high energy as they chatted, listened, gave generously.
“What struck me was how wide the side aisles are – perception is deceptive – and how beautiful the floor is when you can see the tiles stretching out before you.”
Highlights of the evening included the choir’s performances of Locus Iste (‘This Place was made by God’), Anton Bruckner’s anthem for four-part unaccompanied voices, and Kondalilla, an Australian composition by Stephen Leek.
The purpose of the evening was raising money to put towards the estimated $2 million needed to restore and enhance the 86 year-old Cathedral Organ, which has recently been decommissioned pending restoration.
Over $30,000 was donated on the night and will be used to cover part of a deposit to organ builders Harrison & Harrison Ltd.
“This is a small, but significant step towards the overall target,” Rev’d Nelson says.
“Assuming we can raise the money, the restoration work is expected to be undertaken in 2017-18 – in good time for the sesqui-centenary of St Peter’s Cathedral in June 2018.”
The pews were restored to the Cathedral by midday on Saturday November 14 following the Anglicare Cathedral Banquet on the Friday night.
Tax-deductable donations to the Organ Restoration Fund can be made at any time:
· By cheque to the St Peter’s Cathedral Music Foundation Inc.
· By EFTPOS to the St Peter’s Cathedral Music Foundation Inc. (BSB 305-122, Account No. 0256077)