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10 May 2013

THE Cathedral of Sodor & Man, St German's, in Peel, on the Isle of Man, is undergoing a regeneration to extend its facilities, remodel its grounds, and develop its music. By tradition, it was founded in 447 by St German, although the present building was consecrated in 1980.

For the moment, it is decked with Ruth Dent's 16 "Art for Evensong" banners (above), which were hung in Rochester Cathedral for the latter part of last year. They are her "visual response to choral evensong", and will stay in St German's Cathedral until next month, when they will move on to Bradford and a number of other cathedrals. They emphasise the musical regeneration taking place.

Choral evensong has now been added to the weekly service schedule by the Dean, the Very Revd Nigel Godfrey, and the Director of Music, Dr Peter Litman, and an appeal has been launched for a new organ. Earlier this year, ten child pro- bationers were admitted as the first full choristers of the cathedral since 1745, and another group of probationers are all set to arrive in September. They are drawn from the Island's primary schools, and sing choral evensong every Sunday during term-time. They also join the adult choir for festivals and civic services.

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