'Joyfully unmunted' festival for cardboard cathedral

21:15, Aug 01 2013
Inside Cardboard Cathedral
INSIDE PEEK: This will be the public's first chance to see inside the temporary cathedral.

Uncertainty surrounds the completion date of Christchurch's cardboard cathedral, with a series of concerts planned next week to mark its opening.

The Press understands the Anglican Church had been planning its first church service in the building this weekend, with the keys due to be handed over as early as today.

However, work on the $5.3 million temporary Anglican cathedral was yesterday still under way, and Bishop Victoria Matthews refused to give details on progress until today.

Cathedral festival flyer
FESTIVAL: The flyer for the cathedral's opening festival.

The temporary structure in Latimer Square is scheduled to open to the public for the first time at 6pm on Tuesday with a performance by the Christchurch City Choir.

The concert is the first of 10 to be held over nine days as part of the Joyfully Un-Munted Festival, celebrating the opening of the transitional church.

Cathedral music director Brian Law said next week's events were to be a "celebration of the architectural beauty and acoustic potential of Christchurch's newest great space".

Each concert was expected to go for about 65 minutes, including performances by Christchurch violinist Fiona Pears, opera star Dame Malvina Major and organist Jeremy Woodside, as well as a Shakespearean production presented by The Court Theatre.

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