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Australia's Campion College Brings Sacred Music to Sydney Caves

CavesThe choir of Campion College in Australia held its first concert of the academic year earlier this semester in an unlikely place.

The 20 person choir performed the Magnificat in Bb arranged by 18th century Italian composer Francesco Durante in the Jenolan Caves, located in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney.

Other pieces performed by the Campion choir included renditions of Ave Maria by T.L. Victoria and J.J. Hutchings.

Campion spokesman Michael Mendieta told Catholic Education Daily:

The Campion College Schola began in the first year of the college's opening in 2006. The students are trained by Mr Bernard Kirkpatrick who also serves as the director of music at St Patrick's Cathedral in Parramatta. The schola recorded its first CD in 2010 titled: "Exultate Justi in Domino," which includes the "Missa O Quam Gloriosum" by T.L Victoria, and the works of sacred music masters, Tallis and Palestrina.

This performance is a taste of what is part of college life, particularly within the context of the weekly college Mass. The principle purpose of the schola is to enable the worshipping community to give glory to God through beautiful music in the liturgy. Indeed, the flourishing of music culture is very much at the heart of this Liberal Arts College, which seeks to uphold all that is good, true, and beautiful.

Campion College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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