The mission of St. Mary’s parish focuses mainly on ministerial and evangelisation activity. However, considering its historical and cultural status, we are open to suggestions of artistic events, which are limited to serving the spiritual wellbeing of our followers and a sacral nature.
St. Mary’s Church does not allow performances during liturgy and the prayer songs should obey the tradition of the parish and the Church.
Because our church hosts many concerts, the employees of the Basilica are unable to ensure extensive organisation of artistic events. All issues associated with concert organisation (contact with the Basilica’s representative, preparation of posters or flyers, transport, accommodation, food, etc) are up to the artists. St. Mary’s Basilica offers the temple and services for the duration of the concert and a nearby room for rehearsal — as long as there is no disturbance of ministerial responsibilities. There is also an option of putting up two small posters in the bulletin cabinets.
What are the required formalities?
Organisation of a concert is subject to an agreement signed between the Basilica and the artists. The document establishes the conditions for cooperation, i.e. the following:
— the agreement should be signed no later than 30 days before the planned concert date;
— the agreement should include a statement of being licensed to publicly perform the songs;
— because of everyday confession and numerous Masses, the artists cannot rehearse (in special cases, the artists may rehearse only on selected days after 7:15 PM);
— the presented repertoire should be performed a capella or alternatively be accompanied by the organs;
— concerts can take place after the evening Mass, i.e. after 7.15 PM.
Is it possible to rehearse before performance?
The group may rehearse in a special room. In general, rehearsals cannot be conducted in the church, but permission may be granted in special cases.
How much does it cost to organise a concert?
St. Mary’s Basilica does not charge for concert space, but it does have to cover certain costs – including remuneration for the Basilica’s employees (the concerts take place after the working hours of the parish), maintenance of the historical organs, heating, and light. The Organisers may make a donation of their choice for these purposes as they see fit.
If your group would like to sing at St. Mary’s Basilica, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org