September Update

Friday 29th August, 2014

Much has happened in and around the Cathedral that we can all celebrate:

Paul Foster has been made Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Edinburgh.  This is a most appropriate recognition of Paul’s scholarship and teaching.  On the Sunday following the announcement I presented him with a special “present” from all of us at the Cathedral (reprinted on page 5 in this month’s magazine).  Congratulations, Professor Foster!

Organ Scholar Andrew Forbes has won the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition.  This prestigious prize for organists under 21 enables the winner to give recitals in a number of most distinguished places, including Westminster Abbey.  We wish Andrew on-going success with his playing and studies.

The Chorister Valedictory service on the last Sunday of the Edinburgh Festival meant we said farewell and paid tribute to our four S2 choristers who now hang up their cassocks: Katie Bradshaw, Max Carsley, Naima Heath and Amy-Felicity Horsey.  We wish them every happiness.

The Diaspora Tapestry on display in the Cathedral has been a huge success and brought in the crowds in their droves.  It, together with the Scottish Embroiders’ exhibition and the Anne Frank exhibition, has made the Cathedral a hive of activity during the Festival.  Our music, as always, has been superb.  None of this would have been possible without the commitment of our own musicians and office staff and the support of our legions of stewards – to all we owe a great debt of gratitude.

Congratulations to Lay Clerk, Colin Heggie, on his appointment as Diocesan Registrar.

We should also celebrate the life of Gail McCail who has died.  Gail contributed so much to the life of the Cathedral in so many different areas. In the 1980s Gail also helped shape nursery and pre-school development in the Lothians.  A good and faithful soul, she is fondly remembered and her presence missed.  RIP.

The importance of 18 September in the life of our nation cannot be underestimated.  The Sunday before is called Holy Cross day.  That special day focuses our attention on the Cross, a key symbol of Christianity, a sign of how we believe life should be shaped.  That very symbol stands at the heart of our electoral system.  We are asked to make a cross to signify how we wish our future to be.