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Monday, March 7, 2016


In celebration of Cardinal Wilfrid Napier’s 75th birthday on March 8 2016, a free concert will be held in Emanuel Cathedral on March 11 at 11h00.

After several successful Senior Schools Catholic Choirs concerts, the Denis Hurley Centre will host for the first time a Junior Schools Catholic Choirs Concert. Among those performing will be the signing choir from Kwa Thintwa School for the Deaf (which was founded by Denis Hurley himself). 

Kurt Holmes, Director of Music at St Augustine's, is co-ordinating the event with the participation of up to nine Catholic junior schools from the Durban area.

“Each school will present their own pieces plus there will some works sung (and in the case of Kwa Thintwa School, signed) jointly by all the choirs. For many of the young people this will be their first experience of being in the Cathedral so we hope that we will have a good audience present to encourage them,” considers Raymond Perrier: Director, the Denis Hurley Centre.

Cardinal Napier has received numerous awards including an honorary Doctorate from the University of Galway and the Living Legend award in Durban. His work takes him all over the world and he speaks six languages fluently. However, he is happiest working among the people in parishes all over KZN. He has established many friends among the religious leaders in Durban working closely with Hindu, Muslim, Dutch Reformed, Anglican and Methodist ministers, particularly to assist the poor at the Hurley Centre in central Durban.

The concert will take place March 11 in Emmanuel Cathedral at 11h00 (after the 10h00 Mass). Admission is free and all are welcome. A retiring collection will be taken for the DHC. There is safe parking in the Cathedral car park; if this is full then there is also safe parking under the Victoria Street market at the top of Denis Hurley (Queen) Street.