In a short four weeks the HCLC choir (with choir members from other local churches) will begin a memorable journey through Spain. We have been rehearsing since January and are more than excited to share our faith through music to the people of Barcelona and Madrid. I thought I would share a few of the concert venues we will be performing in while in Spain.
Iglesia de la Nuestra Senora de los Angeles :
Iglésia de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles is centrally located near the Rambla de Catalunya (famous shopping street), the avenue “Diagonal” and the University. Built in the mid-1500’s, the church was destroyed during WWII and had to be re-constructed. The architecture of the church Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles is directly influenced by the Catalan Art Nouveau movement called “Modernismo”. The church boasts a great number of windows and stained-glass windows, bathing the nave in natural light. There are 2 magnificent staircases, one either side of the altar.
The Basilica is one of the most famous structures in Barcelona. Construction began in 1882 and Antoni Gaudí became involved in 1883. The Basilica is still under construction with an anticipated completion date in 2026, the centennial of Gaudi’s death.
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro :
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Perpetual Help church and convent of the Redemptorist Fathers was built between 1892 and 1898. The building forms a Latin cross at the ends of which are rosettes framed in white stone and brick. Gothic windows are distributed along the facades. The focal point of the Sanctuary is the Icon surrounded by four golden angels in an attitude of praise and the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, descends on Mary clothed by angels.
In addition to our concerts we will be touring some of Barcelona and Madrid’s stunning attractions, but singing in these spaces is an experience no one will forget. I feel very fortunate to be leading a third tour with our choir (previous trips were to Rome and Cork/Dublin). It is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship amongst members while we share our faith through song to people from all over the world.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Jeremy Shoop, Director of Music Ministries