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Success of Flower Show Benefits Cathedral and Hospice

On Friday, August 25th cheques totalling £6,000 were presented to the Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Rev. Nigel Williams and Laura Parry on behalf of St. Kentigern Hospice as a result of the successful Flower Festival staged in the Cathedral in June as part of the 5th anniversary of City Status. Meeting for the final time as the organising group the cheques for £3000 each were presented by Janet Cameron accompanied by Gaenor Johnson, Anne Hughes, Denise Hodgkinson, Barbara Rust and Rosie Solbé who formed the organising committee.
Both the Dean and Laura expressed their thanks to the group for the donations and for tackling such a huge event so successfully.
The success of the Festival was also due to the wonderful support of Flower Groups from all over North Wales and beyond whose floral talents delighted over 1000 visitors.

Success of Flower Show Benefits Cathedral and Hospice

The foundation of “The Guardians of St. Asaph & St. Kentigern” was launched at a concert held on Saturday the 29th July 2017 in St. Asaph Cathedral and hosted by their Bishop Guardian, the Rt. Revd Dr Gregory Cameron, Bishop of St. Asaph. The concert was kindly sponsored by Mr Aldham and Mrs Avril Robarts, who are both generous and enthusiastic supporters and members of the Guardians and the cathedral.
Invited guests included the High Sheriff of Clwyd, Mrs Charlotte Howard, accompanied by her husband Mr David Howard, Lord and Lady Jones of Deeside, Mr Chris Ruane MP, Mr David Jones MP, Ms Ann Jones AM, Cllr Peter Scott, Deputy Chair of Denbighshire County Council, Cllr Collin Hardie, Mayor of St. Asaph, Mr Thomas O’Toole, Professor John and Dr Sally Harper, Mr and Mrs Stephen Harris and Ms Elissa Jones.
The concert began with Henry Purcell’s “Dido’s Lament” sung by Olivia Hunt, soprano. During the first half of the performance the audience were treated to a variety of works by Purcell, Monteverdi, John Blow and a contemporary arrangement by John Hosking of Monteverdi’s “Ohimè Ch’io Cado.”
The first part of the concert concluded with a duet from Mozart’s opera “The Marriage of Figaro,” which was sung by Helena Leonard and Olivia Hunt. After the interval the concert resumed with Richard Wagner’s “Prelude” Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”, played on the cathedral organ by Graham Eccles,” followed by the St. Asaph Cathedral Voluntary choir’s splendid rendition of Wagner’s “When the Saviour Came to Thee.”
Helena Leonard, then returned to the platform to sing some of the most famous arias by Gluck, Puccini, and Verdi. Helena’s final item was the aria “On My Lips Every Kiss is Like Wine” from Franz Lehàrs opera “Guiditta,” which was composed in 1934. The concert finally ended with Helena Leonard and Olivia Hunt, accompanied by the St. Asaph Voluntary Choir, singing Pietro Mascagni’s “Easter Hymn” from “Cavelleria Rusticana.”
A total of £1,330 was raised for charitable purposes.