A first for the Edinburgh Fringe

THERE have been mixed reviews on Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s involvement in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, premature in the extreme as the performance has yet to take place.

The cardinal, who celebrates his silver jubilee as a bishop later this year, will sing at a concert with Edinburgh’s own Really Terrible Orchestra (RTO) on August 28 in St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral. The RTO, made up of amateur musicians, was founded in 1995 by businessman Peter Stevenson and author Alexander McCall Smith.

This moment of fun, when the cardinal’s rendition of The Hippopotamus Song by Flanders and Swann (normally reserved for private and charity functions) is made public is not the cardinal’s only involvement in the renowned arts festival, nor for that matter the only anniversary event.

The actual date of his ordination as a bishop is August 5 and will be marked with a Mass for staff at the Gillis Centre. On August 15, the Feast of the Assumption, he will celebrate an official Silver Jubilee Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral and on September 8, the Feast of the Birthday of Our Lady, a thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated.




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