A Choral Christmas - Belfast Cathedral Choir
Portico Arts & Heritage Centre
Meeting House Street
Featuring a varied programme of familiar seasonal carols and fresh festive offerings from composers including John Rutter, Philip Stopford, Philip Wilby, and Philip Ledger, this concert will celebrate Christmas with the choir of Northern Ireland’s national cathedral. Copies of the newly released album will be available at a special price, before and after the concert, along with another new release Christmas Bells - Organ Music from Belfast Cathedral, with Matthew Owens. Belfast Cathedral Choir
Tristan Russcher (organ)
Matthew Owens (conductor)
Belfast Cathedral Choir
Choral music has always played a significant and central role at Belfast Cathedral, since its consecration in 1904, when there was a cathedral choir of 48 voices (ladies, gentlemen, and 24 boy choristers). Since then, the choir has undergone various transformations, most latterly in the late summer of 2019, when it became an all-adult, fully professional vocal ensemble. This ‘new’ cathedral choir brings together some of the finest singers in Northern Ireland who lead the liturgy and worship of Belfast Cathedral, known locally as ‘St Anne’s’.
About Matthew Owens
Matthew Owens became Director of Music at Belfast Cathedral in September 2019 where he leads the fully professional, all adult choir of Northern Ireland’s national cathedral. He is the head of the cathedral’s music department and responsible for all musical aspects of the music there. Later in 2019 he founded the Ulster Consort, a new professional vocal and instrumental ensemble for Northern Ireland.
About Tristan Russcher
Tristan Russcher grew up in Perth, Australia, and began playing the piano at the age of three. He left Australia to study for his A-levels at Ampleforth College, York. On entry to university Tristan was awarded the organ scholarship at Worcester College, Oxford. After completing his Bachelor of Arts in Music, Tristan was appointed to the post of joint organ scholar at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral, in Dublin. He won prizes in the Royal College of Organists’ diploma examinations, gaining his Fellowship diploma in 2004.