Us with Your Divine Veil
Anniversary Concert in Cabramatta
12 October, the eve of the celebration of the 50th anniversary
of Protection Parish in Cabramatta, a concert of Church Music
was held of the youth choir of Deacon Vadim Gan. The concert
was held in the church itself, which possesses wonderful acoustics.
The choir consists of 22 singers. Over 200 people attended,
some having traveled from far away: Newcastle and Canberra,
the Australian capital.
Before the concert, the secretary of the Australian Diocese,
Protopriest Michael Boikov, gave an introduction. The program
had great varietythere were different traditions of
Russian church singing presented, beginning with harmonizations
of the znamenny chant, and ending with compositions of the
St. Petersburg school. Many compositions of the Russian diaspora
were sung as well: M. Konstantinov, P. Raspopov, B. Ledkovsky,
A. Ilyashchenko and I. Gardner.
At the conclusion of the concert, the archpastor of the Australian
and New Zealand Diocese, His Eminence Archbishop Hilarion,
congratulated the choir director and singers, thanking them
for the spiritual consolation they provided, noting also that
thanks to Russian emigres, Russian church singing became a
treasure of the entire world, since in every corner of the
world, wherever Russian emigres settled, churches were built
and services conducted. Vladyka Hilarion also emphasized that
the organization of a concert in the church itself is a worthy
way of paying homage to the builders and creators of Protection
church in Cabramatta.
Since the church itself was crowded, it is hoped that the
next concert of Deacon Vadim Gans choir will be held
in a larger venue, and with time in different cities of Australia.
The clergy and all present expressed the hope that another
concert would be given by the choir.
Thanks to Deacon Vadim and the choir, for their labors and
love for Church music, and also to the Sisterhood of Protection
Church for the fine refreshments.
Protodeacon Basil Yakimov