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Posted 27.7.12

Ariosa Singers return from Rome

The Ariosa Singers, the 40-strong youth choir affliliated to All Saints Church, returned from Rome on 26th July after a very successful concert tour. They sang at the 5pm Monday Mass in St Peter's Basilica. The introit was Karl Jenkins' God shall wipe away all tears, the offertory was sung just by the All Saints Choral Scholars - Non Nobis Domine (William Byrd), the communion was Panis Angelicus (Franck) and the recessional hymn was Arwel Hughes great Welsh hymn Tydi a roddaist. The Director of Music at St Peter's welcomed the Ariosas, and thought that it was a first for Welsh to be sung at Mass there. Penny Ryan directed and Leslie Ryan played the grand organ including an improvisation during the communion. In honour of the Ariosas, part of the sermon was read in English - something very unusual at St Peter's. Members of Ariosa who are also in the All Saints Choir wore their Royal School of Church Music bronze and silver medals.

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