A group of 12 boys from St Mary’s Cathedral Choir in Perth visited Geraldton as part of the Shore Leave Festival in September. With conductor Jacinta Jacovcevic and accompanied by family members and a very appreciative audience, the boys lead the group on a Grand Musical Tour of the Heritage of Hawes.
The programme began in the Cathedral Columbarium with the solemn ringing of the Cathedral Bells and Abide with Me. How Much is that Doggy in the Window could be heard as they passed the statue of John Hawes and his dog Dominie before they processed into the Cathedral.
The highlight of the Cathedral performance was Oh Danny Boy at the burial site of Bishop Kelly.
Buses then took the performers and audience to San Spirito Chapel at Utakarra before departing for Mullewa.
On arrival in Mullewa the choir did a Flash Mob performance in the Gallery of local artist Helen Ansell which delighted the customers who were enjoying a leisurely morning coffee.
The choir sang Stabat Mater and Adore Te as they walked the Hawes Heritage Trail accompanied by the audience before arriving at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church for a performance. Here they were joined by some Mullewa locals who swelled the audience.
After lunch they went to Mass Rock where We Are One was extremely well received, followed by Amazing Grace at the Pioneer Cemetery by the graves of Selby Arnold and Iris McDermott.
The last port of call was the Priesthouse Garden at Mullewa where afternoon tea was enjoyed accompanied by a rendition of The Lord is My Shepherd and Teddy Bears Picnic.
On the return journey to Geraldton, the boys stopped off at the Critch family’s Tenindewa Farm to pose for photographs amongst the wheat crop.