|St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney|
The result is St Mary's cathedral in Sydney. You have to admire the spirit that created such a building in colonial NSW.
Last Friday I went to a concert at St Mary's, billed as Fauré's Requiem. I went with a friend who brought another friend who had never been to a classical concert.
The concert turned out to be more of a Catholic service than a concert. Most of the concert was hymns composed quite recently sung softly by the Sydney Philharmonic Choir (or was it the church acoustic that made it so muffled?) I normally find church music uplifting but I was bored and sat there on the hard seats feeling sorry for the friend for whom this was meant to be an introduction to the classical world. What a missed opportunity. (He commented afterwards that the soloists were lovely but so short!)
The cathedral was full and I think perhaps we had stumbled into a congregation who were much better informed about what they would be hearing than we were. Luckily a program with the words was provided, Latin/French and English) and I could amuse myself by testing my school-day Latin. I was surprised how much I had retained.
Pie Jesu from Fauré's Requiem sung by Dominic Harvey, Winchester Cathedral Choir