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Honour for Metropolitan Cathedral composer.

THE Liverpool composer whose works welcomed Pope John Paul II's visit to the UK has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music.

Philip Duffy, Hope University's director of performance, will be one of just six people to be given the honour at a ceremony in Durham Cathedral in May.

The fellowship recognises his service at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, in developing a choral foundation and music for the Roman Catholic liturgy, as well as his valued support of the RSCM on council and at local level.

He says: "I am delighted to be honoured in this way. I was privileged to be able to help found a new tradition of liturgical music in a new cathedral in the spirit of the 2nd Vatican Council.

"Also, I have long admired the work done by the RSCM and I have been very happy to have played my part in it, especially in bringing together Christians of various denominations."

Duffy, who studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and London University, had been associated with the music at the Metropolitan Cathedral since the early 60s.

He is a noted composer of liturgical music - his mass settings were sung at five of the eight large-scale celebrations in England and Wales when Pope John Paul II visited the UK in 1982.

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Date:Dec 8, 2009
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