Anglican Priests Sing to Raise Money for World Relief Efforts
The Three Cantors raised their voices in song on October 7 to bring more funding to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) during a concert at St. John’s Anglican Church in Craighurst, ON. The show also served to celebrate 130 years of worship in the present church building.
The Three Cantors are Canadian Anglican priests David Pickett, William Cliff and Peter Wall, who perform with accompanist Maestro Angus Sinclair. They joined together in 1997 to raise money for the causes of their sponsoring venues and also aid PWRDF. They performed their 221st show that evening, and have raised over an estimated $1.3 million for charity since their inception.
The group has sold thousands of CDs and performed shows on Ontario Today with Orchestra London and a concert for The Governor General of Canada. Concerts are “a tour-de-force of everything from beloved music of the church, contemporary anthems, spirituals, original compositions, to folk songs and the best of Broadway.”
PWRDF began in 1959 after the Springhill, Nova Scotia coal mine explosion that led to an outpouring of public support. The church “recognized the need for an efficient process to channel assistance quickly in situations of emergency,” and has become “the Anglican Church of Canada’s agency for sustainable development, relief, refugees, and global justice.” Their work focuses on many areas, including food security, health care, poverty reduction and peace efforts in 22 countries.
Event organizer Diane Hardwick says they advertised in neighboring church bulletins, local newspapers and on various organization websites, but adds that “without a doubt, social networking was the best way to get the word out.” She also notes that the evening turned into a memorable event. “As these men are consummate entertainers, there were many highlights, both amusing and moving. Sinclair played a terrific solo on our newly-installed organ which was definitely one of the highlights for me, as he made our small, two-manual organ sound like a mighty pipe organ!”
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