"All of Light" - St. Mirin's Cathedral

on Friday, 13 October 2017. Posted in News

Images from our world premiere performance of "All of Light", on 6th October 2017

The Academy's world premiere of All of Light, a piece composed to coincide with the one-hundredth anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, took place on the 6th October.

Recounting the moving story of the Angelic visits received by the three young children - Francisco, Lucia and Jacinta - in preparation for their joyful encounter with Our Lady, this spectacular new piece gave a unique and enrapturing perspective on an oft-overlooked - yet nonetheless amazing - element of the Fatima story.

The dramatic cantata - received to great acclaim by an audience from around Scotland - was  performed in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral of St. Mirin, in what was our first visit to Paisley since our performance of Faure's Requiem  several years ago in the Abbey.

The images show our soloists, in the roles of Lucia (Niamh McKendrick), Jacinta (Molly Smith) and Francisco (Etienne Charpy).

Suzanne Ullmann Award

on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted in News

The Second Annual Suzanne Ullmann Award

Suzanne Ullmann Award

The winner of The Dr. Suzanne Ullmann Award, established in memory of Suzanne, a long-standing supporter and friend, is set to be announced over the coming weeks.

The Annual Award - which is endowed by members of Suzanne's family - recognises outstanding achievement and potential amongst our 45 choristers.

Last year's winner, Niamh McKendrick (pictured), now performs regularly as a soloist for The Academy, including in our forthcoming performance of All of Light, in St. Mirin's Cathedral, on 6th October.  

All of Light: World Premiere

on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted in News

A New Dramatic Cantata on the story of fatima

All of Light: World Premiere

The Academy of Sacred Music will be performing the World Premiere of All of Light, a piece written by Bob Simans in commemoration of the Fatima apparitions, in St. Mirin's Cathedral, Paisley, on Friday 6th October, at 7.30p.m.

Coinciding with the official arrival of The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima (which has been touring all of Scotland's major Catholic sites) at St. Mirin's, and shortly before the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions, the performance intends to capture both their context and magnitude (their significance in the history of the 20th Century, and for our modern times); and the profound joy of Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta in their interactions with Heaven.

This unique new piece captures the profound impact and meaning of the Angelic apparitions witnessed by the three children, preceding their encounter with Our Lady.

The performance also marks the progress of some of the Academy's more experienced soloists, including: Neil Macdonald (as the Narrator), Daniel Barrett (the Angel), Niamh McKendrick (Lucia), Etienne Charpy (Francisco) and Molly Smith (as Lucia).

Reflecting the joy inherent in the new Work, it will be preceded by Mozart's uplifting Regina Coeli and Bruckner's beautiful Ave Maria.

The performance will be followed by light refreshments and entrance is free to all (with a retiring collection).

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