Brentwood Cathedral regularly hosts major concerts provided by the Cathedral Music Department or put on external choirs and orchestras as well as schools’ concerts. The venue provides an important musical and artistic focus and venue for the Brentwood area and for Essex. Watch the space below for any information and updates on Diocesan concerts happening in and around Brentwood and the Cathedral.
For more information on upcoming Music Department or Department-related concerts in and around the Cathedral please visit: https://brentwoodcathedralconcerts.org
Combined Primary Schools' Christmas Concerts
Two primary schools’ Christmas concerts took place this year once again. The first concert on Thursday 17th November at Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead and the second concert on Friday 25th November at the Cathedral Church of St Mary & St Helen.
The following three schools sang at the Wanstead concert:
St Mary’s Primary School, Chingford
St Edward’s Primary School, Upton Park
St Joseph’s Convent Independent Primary School for Girls, Wanstead
and the following eight schools took part at the Cathedral:
La Salette Primary School, Rainham
St Pius X Primary School, Chelmsford
St John Fisher Primary School, Loughton
St Alban’s Primary Academy, Harlow
St Joseph the Worker Primary School, Hutton
St Helen’s Junior Academy, Brentwood
St Luke’s Primary School, Harlow
Holy Cross Primary School, Harlow
The band and crew consists of:
Michael Stephens (keyboards, band leader)
Alex Brangwyn (percussion – Brentwood show)
Shaun Bajnoczky (percussion – Wanstead show)
Emma Stephens (flute, vocals)
Dan Stephens (sound and recording engineer)
Art Wangcharoensab (bass, vocals)
The concerts are a wonderful opportunity to prepare ourselves through music for the special Seasons of Advent and Christmas with singing by our school children from our the Diocese of Brentwood. The Diocesan & Cathedral Music Department is delighted once again to work with the Diocesan Youth Service in support of charities. This evening’s concert combines the Music Department’s tradition over the years of the production of join schools’ musicals, together with the long tradition of Christmas Carols Concerts put on by the Youth Service.
Although the gatherings this year are smaller in scale than previous gatherings at the Brentwood Centre, we did to allow as many school children as possible to offer their singing at this Festive time and to come together.
Also grateful thanks to Fr Dominic Howarth and the Youth Service, especially Leighton Walker and Gabriella Fusi, for all their hard work and support in making the concerts possible. Special thanks to Canon Patrick Sammon, Roderick Sine for their kindness and welcome at Wanstead and for allowing us to use the church. Thanks to the Dean of Brentwood Cathedral, Fr Martin Boland for allowing the concerts to take place in the Cathedral. And thanks to Helen Hutcheon and Amanda Romhany for directing Hosanna Rock! at the Wanstead and Brentwood shows respectively.
Special thanks also to the Music teachers of all the schools for directing and preparing the children for all the carol performances. We also thank most especially the head teachers of all the eleven participating schools. Thanks also to the children of St Edward’s Primary School, Upton Park for taking on the role of narration and readers at Wanstead. At Brentwood, St Joseph the Worker Primary School, Hutton undertook the acting which was much appreciated.
Apart from a joyful preparation for Christmas through music and words, we once again helped raised funds for the Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society (BCCS) and the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service (BCYS) & Walsingham House.
Area Choral Societies
The Cathedral occasionally hosts major concerts given by the following (see the relevant links to their own websites):
- Brentwood Choirs Festival
- Brentwood Choral Society
- Billericay Choral Society
- Hutton & Shenfield Choral Society
- Ingatestone Choral Society