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Finland's Turku Cathedral to host charity concert for Paris' Notre Dame

Mozart’s Requiem Mass will be performed during the charity event.

Notre Damen kattorakenteet paloivat Pariisissa 15. huhtikuuta.
Notre Damen kattorakenteet paloivat Pariisissa 15. huhtikuuta. Image: Julien De Rosa / EPA

The Turku Cathedral in southwest Finland will organise a charity concert on Wednesday evening to assist with the reconstruction of the badly burned Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

The proceeds of the event, which begins at 9.30pm, will be contributed to a global reconstruction fund set up for the church.

One of the performances will be a rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s "Requiem Mass", widely considered a masterpiece. According to the Turku and Kaarina parishes, performers at the concert will be appearing pro bono.

The patron of the concert, titled Pro Notre Dame, is Tapio Luoma, Archbishop of the Finnish Lutheran Evangelical Church.

Tickets will be sold for 20 euros each at the church door half an hour before the event, from 9.00pm.

The blaze caused extensive damage to the Parisian landmark on Monday night and was front-page news in almost every Finnish newspaper on Tuesday morning.

President Sauli Niinistö commiserated with France and all Parisians in a Twitter post late on Monday night.

Writing in French, Niinistö said, "Finland shares the sadness in the face of this terrible fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Our thoughts are with France and Parisians tonight."

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