Cathedral musicians present French works for Notre Dame

Notre Dame musicians Johann Vexo and Damien Rivière stand with Jacinta Jakovcevic (front left) and choir members during their recent visit to Perth (The eRecord/Jacinta Jakovcevic)

Musicians from St Mary's Cathedral in Perth are set to rally in support of the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which earlier this month was damaged by a catastrophic fire. Source: The eRecord.

The Easter themed concert Resurrexit will be held at the cathedral this Sunday 28 April at 7.15pm.

The presentation will feature the cathedral Choir, cantors, cathedral organists and ensemble singers presenting French works – some specifically written by past musicians of Notre Dame throughout its history.

St Mary’s Cathedral director of music Jacinta Jakovcevic said the cathedral musicians were particularly moved by the devastation in Paris because of their personal connection to Notre Dame Cathedral.

“In February, our Cathedral welcomed two of Notre Dame’s musicians Johann Vexo [organist] and Damien Rivière [tenor] to Perth where they presented a recital of Marian chants and organ music and spent time giving lessons to our organ scholars,” she said.

“In addition to this special [personal] connection we now have with Notre Dame, I also think we strongly feel, as a cathedral  music program, how precious our cathedrals are.”

Ms Jakovcevic said cathedrals serve as places where music is turned into prayer and where young musicians (some as young as seven or eight years old) begin to learn about the Church’s heritage of music and how it relates to liturgy.

“Notre Dame has been at the centre of this type of learning in Paris for over 800 years so we feel a real sense of loss at its devastation and felt the need to help in the best way we can.

“The program will include Easter chants, polyphonic works of Victoria, Palestrina and the organ works of Daquin, Franck and Louis Vierne who was an organist at the Notre Dame Cathedral between the years 1900 to 1937.”

All proceeds from the concert will fund the restoration efforts in Paris.


Cathedral concert to raise funds Notre Dame (The eRecord


Notre Dame cathedral's great organ undamaged by fire that destroyed roof and spire (ABC News

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