Fitting tribute for cathedral music man
By EMMA CORNFORD
CHRIST Church Cathedral filled with an organ fanfare and the choir burst into song on Friday night, all to honour Grafton music enthusiast Jim Rae.
The concert was to celebrate Dr Rae's Honorary Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians, presented by the Right Reverend Richard Hurford.
Dean of Christ Church Cathe- dral, Peter Catt, said the award honoured Dr Rae's 40 years of musical service to the Clarence Valley.
"He has made a huge contribution to music in the Valley ... and the concert on Friday night was held to celebrate that," he said.
"It was a good crowd and the performances all had something to do with Jim; he's been associated with music in the cathedral for 40 years and also was director of the Grafton Singers and of course he's been the organist at the cathedral."
Around 200 people attended the concert, which included performances from choirs from the cathedral and Abbotsleigh Junior School in Sydney, Grafton Singers, piano and clarinet recitals.
"There was a wonderful variety of music ... which really captured his commitment to music," Father Catt said.