RIGHT NOTE: Friends of the Cathedral members Ann Spillane and Neville Willis help celebrate St Carthages Centenary. RACHEL AFF
RIGHT NOTE: Friends of the Cathedral members Ann Spillane and Neville Willis help celebrate St Carthages Centenary. RACHEL AFF

Centenarys heavenly sounds

ST CARTHAGE'S parishioner Ann Spillane closed her eyes as the sounds of the Brisbane Concert Choir filled the cathedral yesterday.

She was one of hundreds of people participating in the cathedral's centenary celebrations over the weekend. Ann, who is also a member of Friends of the Cathedral, described the effect of the music as 'just magnificent'. Hail, Gladdening Light was the title of the concert, which featured a 50-voice choir.

"It was the most joyful, inspiring way you could celebrate a centenary," she said. But it was also an effect that had been days in the making.

Ann and fellow parishioner Neville Willis were among the team of organisers working around the clock to get the cathedral ready for the celebrations. It involved days of polishing brass, replacing candlesticks and arranging flowers.

"We had the candles alight last night and it was just magnificent," Ann said.

St Carthage's has been her place of worship for 50 years, and she was once a border at St Mary's College. Neville first came to mass in 1950 with his parents. He was 10 years old. "Some of my childhood mates still come here. I've always come back to the cathedral," he said. Anne and Neville proudly describe St Carthage's as 'their church'. Ann explains: "It's a community here."

The final musical performance of the centenary celebrations will be held today at 7.30pm. The Brandenburg Ensemble will explore the acoustics of the cathedral with music of the Baroque era on period instruments played from original scores.



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