New Harry Potter film features Catholic choirs

entertainment | Nov 10, 2010 | By Martin Barillas

The long-awaited Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) is released next Friday, November 19. It is the last part of the series of films, but fans will have to wait for Part 2 to see the actual final installment of the saga of the teenage wizard Harry Potter and his two friends as they have a deadly encounter with a powerful adversary.

The film soundtrack features features the Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School of London, and the London Oratory Junior Choir, directed by Charles Cole. Both of these are Catholic institutions. Among the patrons of the London Oratory as Michael, the Duchess of Kent, and Cherie Booth - the wife of former UK prime minister Tony Blair.

Both are prizewinning choruses and keep a busy schedule. In September 2010 they took part in a performance of Monteverdi''s Vespers conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. There were two subsequent performances at the Sheldonian, Oxford and Durham Cathedral. The Schola Cantorum perform Monteverdi''s Vespers on November 24 in London. It will be accompanied by His Majesty''s Sagbutts and Cornets and the solos will be sung by boys from the Schola and by tenors Nicholas Mulroy and Peter Davoren. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

Members of the Schola will be singing carols during afternoon tea at the Dorchester Hotel on weekends in December. The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School''s annual Carol Service by candlelight will be held at Our Lady of Victories Church in the Kensington borough of London on December 16, while the London Oratory Carol Service will be performed on December 22.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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