South American music to celebrate the pope’s first year

Tenor Ernesto Correa, appearing at St Marie's Cathedral, Sheffield
Tenor Ernesto Correa, appearing at St Marie's Cathedral, Sheffield
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Misa Criolla, St Marie’s 
Cathedral, Sheffield

Sheffield’s Roman Catholic cathedral is marking the third Friday of Lent this week with a concert of sacred South American music.

The performance of the Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez has been organised to celebrate a year of office for Pope Francis, who comes from Argentina. It combines Spanish text with indigenous instruments and rhythms.

The concert features Sheffield Chamber Choir, prepared by chorus master Robert Webb, who will also conduct the first half of the concert, the tenor Ernesto Correa and the Uruguayan opera conductor Ignacio Pilone.

The chamber choir’s recent cathedral visits include York, Peterborough, Worcester, Lincoln, Ripon, Lichfield, York and Southwell.

Robert Webb has more than 25 years’ experience directing church music, including the internationally-known Cathedral Singers of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

Ignacio Pilone made his debut in 1996 and has conducted orchestras, ensembles and choirs across Europe and South America. He is currently assistant conductor at the Teatro Solis Opera House of Montevideo in Uruguay.

This year he is also in charge of the Claudio Abbado Orchestra in Madrid.

Ernesto Correa moved from his native Argentina to England in 2003. He has sung with Sheffield City Opera and many other opera companies. Two years ago he came third in the finals of the international singing competition in 
Llangollen, Wales.

Tickets: £10/£5 concessions.

To book, visit www.stmariecathedral.org or phone 0114 223 3777. They are also available on the door.