Lindsay Gray, founder and director of Caritas, is celebrating his 70th Birthday on 22nd July 2023. Susanna Gray-Jones, Lindsay’s daughter, commissioned a new choral work to mark this special day and we’re thrilled to share it with you here. Susanna invited her long-time friend, the talented composer Thomas Hewitt Jones to write a piece for the occasion; combining forces with the well-known writer Gordon Giles in respect of the lyrics, the two have created a beautiful work ‘May the Spirit Sing in your Heart’ which is a fantastic addition to the Caritas repertoire; we would like to thank Thomas and Gordon warmly for all they’ve done towards this project and we’re looking forward to being able to sing the anthem for you live in our next concert on 18th November in Llandaff Cathedral.
Susanna Gray-Jones says, ‘The anthem's soaring melody aims to reflect and celebrate the contribution Lindsay has made to choral music, both as a singer himself, choral conductor and in his various roles as a headmaster and as a former director of the Royal School of Church Music. The poignant words by Gordon Giles, Canon Chancellor of Rochester Cathedral, reflect on music, faith and spirituality and we hope will make an enjoyable and meaningful liturgical anthem, as well as being hopefully fun to sing. I’d like to thank my Dad for being an incredible father - for me that includes being my singing coach, headteacher, cricket bowling coach, business support advisor, choir director, counsellor and grandfather to our children. Happy 70th birthday Dad!'
The music is available via YouTube, Spotify and other streaming networks.The sheet music is available from Encore Publications: www.encorepublications.com
With the release of May the Spirit Sing in your Heart, Caritas will be fundraising for the Cardiff Branch of Samaritans. Samaritans is a charity working across the UK and Ireland and their vision is that fewer people die each year by suicide. They are there for anyone struggling to cope - day or night, 365 days a year. They take action to prevent people reaching crisis point, helping people find ways to cope and learn the skills to be there for others. They need your support to make this a reality so if you are able to make a donation via the link below we would be hugely grateful.