Since March, due to Covid 19 restrictions, St Marie’s Cathedral, like all church buildings, has been closed, but as it is a Catholic Cathedral, worship has been allowed to continue. We have been luck to have Shalom Media live-streaming daily mass through the Cathedral website, and, in the case of the Sunday Mass, and other significant feast days, on their own Media Channel.
The main masses have required recorded music, as much as we would usually sing. At the beginning, this was recorded by me with Cantor Silviu Cobeanu in the cathedral, but once Holy Week was out of the way, with many, many recordings needed to be done, I thought it would be good to involve the whole cathedral choir, and so, since Easter, they have all recorded, individually from their own homes, to prepared backing tracks, sung by Silviu, the hymns and psalms and other music required. This has been a steep learning curve for me, having to do all the preparation, and then editing and mixing, but has been a worthwhile task – keeping the singers connected with the cathedral, and also, providing interesting music for the services, making it seem as normal as possible for the many hundreds who watch the weekly Sunday mass.
I have begun to upload the recordings to SoundCloud and YouTube, and they are available at the links below in case anyone is interested in having a listen. Also, all the live-streamed masses are available to watch.
St Marie’s Cathedral Mass YouTube Channel
St Marie’s Choir recordings on YouTube
St Marie’s Choir recordings on SoundCloud