On the wonderful afternoon of England’s quarter final success in the World Cup, Birmingham Cathedral held a concert as part of the Civic Society’s centenary celebrations. During WWII The Society played a vital role in safeguarding the Burne-Jones stained-glass windows by moving them to a mine in Wales for safety. It was therefore most fitting that the concert should help raise funds for Divine Beauty, a project to conserve the windows for the benefit of next generation of people who live, work and visit the city.
Choral music was selected to represent each of the four stunning windows and performed by the exceptional Birmingham Cathedral Choir conducted by David Hardie, Head of Music, accompanied by Darren Hogg on the organ. Two pieces by former Head of Music Marcus Huxley interpreted The Nativity window, It is a Thing Most Wonderful by Moore to reflect The Crucifixion window and God is Gone Up by Finzi to illustrate The Ascension Window as well as firm choir favourites such as I was Glad and The Firmament.
Heritage Manager, Jane McArdle introduced each window referring to the Cathedral’s ambitions for the conservation project Divine Beauty, the cathedral’s significant connections with the artist and the pre-eminence of the windows as some of the finest stained-glass in the world.
The music was divinely beautiful and the windows shone most spectacularly for all to enjoy.