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Culture Night Belfast: Cathedral offers musical magic

If you’re looking for some musical respite from the glorious madness of the city streets during Culture Night Belfast, sanctuary can be found within the opulent surrounds of St Anne’s Cathedral.

The building which gives its name to the historic quarter which forms the epicenter of Culture Night, is throwing its doors open and inviting all and sundry in for a magical evening of music within its opulent surrounds. From Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir, to the Music of Joni Mitchell performed by Shadows and Light and presented by Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, the famous interior acoustics will be reverberating with song during Culture Night.

Other musical culture night treats in St Anne’s include Jonah-Man Jazz – performed by the Children’s choir, Sung Compline – an ancient monastic service sung to plainchant and, showing the breadth and diversity of Culture Night, up-and-coming electronic dance act UNKNWN. Producer Chris Hanna & singer Gemma Dunleavy have been making waves on both radio and trhe festival circuit of late and are BBC Radio 1 darlings, who number Annie Mac and Ellie Goulding amongst their fans. They were chosen as the face of Guinness Amplify for the North and can currently be spotted on billboards, bus shelters and phone boxes everywhere. Gemma said of performing St Anne’s for Culture Night: “it's so exciting to be able to prepare a variation of our live show for such a special venue and a special night like Culture Night. We're planning on making full use of the acoustics bringing in a cello and possibly a choir to accompany us. It's a really exciting show for us, we've been writing parts and arrangements specifically for it, so it's very exciting hearing it all come together. It'll be one to remember!”

Rev John Mann, Dean of St Anne’s Cathedral added: “Culture Night has become an institution in the Cathedral Quarter and beyond.  So much happens, in such a variety of ways, that not only is there something for everyone, there is too much to possibly experience it all!  The message is ‘Come and enjoy what is on offer.’

“You will be welcome in the Cathedral in the quiet times when you can look around or pray with us during the services at 5.30pm and 9pm or when singers and other musicians are performing for our enjoyment.  Better still, why not do both!”

The Belfast Telegraph is not only the official media partner for Culture Night, but is throwing itself into the action and adventure of the evening of 19th September.

Among the 250 plus events taking place right across the city centre on Culture Night, people will get also get unprecedented access to the famous Royal Avenue headquarters of NI’s largest newspaper. In association with NI Film Hub, the Telegraph will be screening films – some classics and some surprises - next to their historic printing presses. Meanwhile, avid newshounds will be able to add their byline and picture to a range of front pages with “Headliners!” as Belfast Telegraph staff will be on hand to take your scoop and pic to project onto the Bel Tel Big Screen. The Belfast Telegraph has also been the source of unprecedented major media Leeks as they were among 20 local businesses and organisations to sponsor a vegetable bed for charity as part of the Culture Night Allotment scheme.

Culture Night Manager Adam Turkington said he was delighted to have the Telegraph on board for the biggest event in the city’s cultural calendar. “It makes sense for our biggest newspaper to be part of Culture Night Belfast. We’re especially delighted that they’re throwing themselves into the spirit of the thing with screenings and interactive activities that will draw people into that particular world. Culture Night is all about every single kind of creative expression in this city that defines us. And the Belfast Telegraph is of course one of the cornerstones of creative and cultural life in the city and across Northern Ireland.”

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