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Cathedral Choir sing at van Cutsem funeral

Prince Charles attends requiem for his close friend Hugh van Cutsem at Brentwood Cathedral.

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Posted: 30 Sep 2013

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On Wednesday, 11 September, amid tight security, Bishop Thomas presided at the funeral Mass in Brentwood Cathedral for Hugh van Cutsem, a close friend and confidant of the Prince of Wales. Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor was one of the concelebrants at the funeral, which was attended by around 700 people including Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Prince William and Prince Harry, who spent time at the van Cutsem family home in Norfolk during their childhood, were also present.
Trumpeters - pic by Phil ThomasDom Edward Corbould, van Cutsem's house master at Ampleforth, gave the homily and the Cathedral Choir, much admired by the family, performed music from Mozart, Fauré and John Rutter.  They also sang the Pie Jesu composed by the diocesan Director of Music, Andrew Wright, from his Requiem of Peace. Trumpeters from the Household Cavalry played The Last Post and Reveille.

"The Mass, the music and the Cathedral setting all contributed to an extremely beautiful, prayerful and dignified service," commented Wright.

Bishop Thomas, a friend of the family, said that Hugh van Cutsem was a frequent visitor to the Cathedral. "He had a great affection for the Cathedral and its music," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs van Cutsem and her family at this time."

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