On Tuesday 30th September 2014, St. David’s Cathedral, Cardiff and the Archdiocese of Cardiff played host to hundreds of Headteachers of Independent Schools and Colleges of England and Wales for an Ecumenical Prayer Service.
Archbishop George Stack presided at Ecumenical Vespers in front of a full cathedral. The homily was given by the Rt. Rev. Dr. John Inge, Bishop of Worcester. Music was provided by Dr. David Neville and the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir of St. David led by Mr. Dominic Neville who were joined by the Chamber Choir of Uppingham School and their director Oliver Neal Parker. Both choirs supplied a heavenly mix of chant and classical pieces lifting those present into the heights of prayer.
The opening piece was a rendition of John Dryden’s “What Passion Cannot Music Raise and Quell” set to music by 14 year old Laurence Long of King’s School, Rochester. The piece had complex harmonies and was a delight to the ears of all present. A testament to a talented young composer. Archbishop George described the piece as “extraordinary” and “beautiful”.
The headteachers were visiting Wales for their annual concert, which was held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.