Music Week 2018

You may remember our first Music Week in 2016, when Gordon Appleton was Facilitator. It was with profound shock we heard of his sudden and unexpected death on Easter Day this year, just as he was about to play the organ in St John’s Church, Ripon. Gordon’s Funeral Service took place  in Ripon Cathedral, it is still possible to hear this beautiful tribute by clicking here. I would encourage you to listen in.

Whilst planning for our upcoming Music Week I decided to include the anthem HE CAME SINGING LOVE, first introduced to us here by Gordon. Given the circumstances now,  it is more than ever appropriate to sing this anthem. In addition to this, and as a close associate of us both, John Crothers has very kindly agreed to pay tribute to the life and work of Gordon, at our Choral and Organ Concert in St Andrew’s, on Friday 8th June.

This year it will be a particular pleasure to have Martin and Noreen White visit Kyrenia and St Andrew’s for the first time.  I have known them both for many years as music associates and friends in Armagh, sharing in and benefi tting enormously from their extensive experience and expertise, particularly in a broad range of church music styles.

Following his retirement as Organist and Director of the Choristers, and in honour of his distinguished and loyal service, Archbishop Robin Eames elevated Martin to the position of honorary Canon in Armagh Cathedral where he had served for 34 years.

Herewith please find some biographical information. I persuaded Noreen to share this, but she did not include anything about herself!  She is a much in demand music teacher, accompanist and respected choir leader in her own right.

Earl Moffitt,
Director of Music St Andrew’s

Martin White Mus B, FRCO (ChM), GRSM, ARAM, ARCM, Hon FGCM, ARSCM

Martin White was born and educated in London, where he studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and the London University Institute of Education. At the RAM he was awarded the Stewart MacPherson Prize for Improvisation and Keyboard Harmony, and in 1967 he won the John Brook Prize for Choir-training, awarded by the Royal College of Organists. His Bachelor of Music degree is from Trinity College, Dublin.

He was appointed to his first Organist’s post, at St Thomas’, Acton, in 1958. This was followed by three years at Ruislip Parish Church, and in 1963 he became Organist of St Mary’s, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, before moving to Armagh five years later. He also taught in the Choir School and played at weekday services of the famous Anglo-Catholic Church of All Saints’, Margaret Street, London.  He was appointed Organist to the Gregorian Association in 1964 and maintained this position, (which involved playing for the Association’s annual Festival Service in St Paul’s Cathedral each year, plus events in many other cathedrals in the South of England), for some years after his move to Armagh.

He was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, in 1968. He held this post for 34 years, maintaining the boys-and-men choir at full strength and the extensive tradition of Anglican Cathedral music throughout the ‘troubles’.  In 1974 he joined the staff of the Southern Education and Library Board Music Service as Head of Performance. In this capacity he helped to oversee and support the musical education of thousands of young people during the following 27 years.  He conducted orchestral groups and other ensembles, and was conductor of the South Ulster Youth Orchestra for many years.

As a composer, he has written much church music, including his Celtic Eucharist published by OUP in 1986, but also piano and orchestral compositions.  Some of his pieces have been included in the Associated Board’s Piano Exam books: in the 2011/12 Grade 2 syllabus, and another in the 2017/18 Grade 2 piano exam book. Five of his arrangements are included in the Piano Mix volumes, published by ABRSM Publishing in 2015.

During his 34 years as the Cathedral Organist, Martin recorded many organ performances for BBC Radio 3 and also some for RTE. He also performed abroad, notably in Dusseldorf, Germany and Ghent, Belgium.

He became an examiner for the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music in 1983, and has examined throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.  Since retiring from Armagh Cathedral and from the S.E.L.B. Music Service he has undertaken many International tours for the ABRSM, including Hong Kong (22 times), Singapore, Beijing, Guanzhou (China), Turkey, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Cyprus, Germany and the Netherlands.

Signs of hope? Christian-Muslim relations in Syria

On Sunday 13th May 2018 we welcomed the Revd Andrew Ashdown and his wife, the Revd Victoria, to participate in the 10.30 am worship at St. Andrew’s Church Kyrenia.

Following the service, at which the Revd Victoria preached, Andrew spoke of his fascinating experience in Syria and presented us with the challenge of a perspective often quite at odds with mainstream media.

“Signs of hope?  Christian-Muslim relations in Syria. Historical and contemporary dynamics, in peace and conflict.”

This  talk illustrated current realities in Syria through the lens of  the life of faith communities in that country, both prior to and during the conflict.

The Revd Andrew Ashdown has been an Anglican priest for 28 years, and is currently undertaking Doctoral Research in the field of Christian-Muslim Relations in Syria.

As well as being a regular visitor to Syria prior to the conflict, Andrew has visited the country 9 times in the last three years.  He has travelled widely in the country both independently and as a member of delegations, including visiting areas most affected by the conflict, and has met thousands of people from all communal backgrounds, including hundreds of internally displaced persons in different parts of the country.  He has met with many senior religious and political leaders, both government and internal opposition figures in the country, and in December 2016, he witnessed the final battle for East Aleppo, and was the first British person to enter the Old City of Aleppo, and areas of East Aleppo just hours after the last snipers had been removed.  His research focusses on the religious dimensions of Syrian society and context.

Andrew is married to Victoria, who is an Incumbent in the Winchester Diocese.

Coffee Morning in aid of Ras Morbat Clinic, Aden

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Yemen is one of the world’s least developed countries and remains the poorest and most rural country in the Middle East.  The political unrest over recent months has made the situation worse for the population with diminishing food and fuel supplies.  There is also inadequate health provision for the people of Yemen. 

Although there are Government hospitals , these often have a reputation for being dirty and patients are charged for all services beyond the absolute basics.  There are also private clinics but these are prohibitively expensive for the average Yemeni.

Ras Morbat Clinic addresses these issues through the work of its two departments, the general department and the eye department.

Since its beginning in 1996 the General Department has provided primary healthcare to the poorest people in the local community.  For a nominal registration fee ($1 per person) a patient can see a doctor as often as required, and is given necessary drugs free of charge by the on-site pharmacy.  There is also a small laboratory on site where a variety of tests can be conducted, leading to rapid diagnosis and treatment of conditions.  There were over 10,000 appointments in the general department in 2010.

The Eye Department welcomes patients from all over Yemen, and offers visual acuity, refraction, examination by ophthalmologists and laser or surgical treatment as required.  The Eye Department also runs camps, for example an annual trip to Mocha, to treat patients in regions where there are no eye clinics.  There were over 5,000 appointments in the eye department in 2010, and over 450 operations were performed. The Eye Department is also an Implementing Partner of UNHCR and provides eye care to the Somali refugee population living in the Aden area.

In addition to providing health care, Ras Morbat Clinic seeks to employ and train local staff, thus increasing the skills within the local community.  It’s role as a training institution has been recognised by the Medical Faculty of the University of Aden, and the clinic has been assigned responsibility to share in the regular training of post graduate students.

Despite the recent unrest in Yemen the clinic has continued to open its doors to patients.

For several years St. Andrew’s has helped support the work of the Ras Morbat Clinic. To this end a Coffee Morning was held in the home of Pat Etherington on Saturday 28th April  


Katafiyio Retreat House

Katafiyio is the Retreat House of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. Located in the village of Kapedes, Katafiyio  is ideally situated to provide a place of relaxation for anyone (or any group), from any denomination, to take time out for rest, quiet reflection and prayer. It’s a unique place to come, rest and listen to God.

At the recent Diocesan Synod a powerpoint presentation was made on the rôle of the Caretaker in Katafiyio. The presentation can be watched on YouTube by clicking here.

Broken: A six week study course for Lent

The St. Andrew’s, Kyrenia Lent Course this year is from the Church of England Diocese of Birmingham and is entitled Broken.

It is based on the BBC series of the same name starring Sean Bean.

The course will run in St. Andrew’s on each Thursday in Lent, starting on 15th February 2018, immediately following the 10.00am Holy Communion service.

From the website of the Diocese of Birmingham:

The TV series, Broken, written by Jimmy McGovern and starring Sean Bean is set in an estate parish somewhere in the UK. The church used at the centre of the series is in Liverpool but the series never explicitly states that this is where the narrative is set. The series focuses on the life and ministry of Father Michael Kerrigan, a Roman Catholic priest who, despite past trauma and anxiety about his own inadequacies, attempts to bring the light of Christ into the lives of the people amongst whom he ministers. The series portrays real life at its most gritty and unvarnished, and in doing so raises many questions along the way about how to live faithfully when life is very hard.

This course arose out of numerous conversations I had with people after the series aired. So many people commented that they thought it would make an excellent Lent or study course that I thought it would be interesting to have a go. I have shaped the course around the principles of the series itself – which raises far more questions than it ever answers. The idea of the course is to provide the space for people to pick up the questions raised in the series and to explore how they might want to answer them.

Canon Dr Paula Gooder
Director of Mission Learning & Development 

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