Cathedral Visits
In Sacred Spaces
 
For nearly a decade now members of the choir have been making regular visits to sing Choral Evensong in some of England’s finest Cathedrals. Our "Sacred Spaces" visits, as they are known, began in 2011 with a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral which, due to St Paul’s being closed less than 36 hours before our planned visit because of the "Occupy London" protests, became a visit to Gloucester Cathedral! Since then we have visited St Paul’s on more than one occasion, as well as Coventry, Lichfield, Winchester, and Worcester Cathedrals, St George’s Chapel, Windsor, Westminster Abbey, and most recently, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

Our 2020 visits to Lincoln Cathedral and Southwell Minster have been postponed to 2021 because of the pandemic, and we have visits planned in 2022 to Peterborough and St Edmundsbury Cathedrals. Because our venues are limited by both availability and distance (we sing only where we can get there and back easily in a day), we only have a few more to visit, which we hope will include Ely, Leicester, and St Albans, before too long.

Despite generally being vast, almost all of the Cathedrals have a limitation on the size of the choir their stalls can accommodate, and so rather than the full 130 singers, visits usually involve between 40 and 60 singers, with those who are disappointed by not being able to take part in one visit being given first refusal on the next one.

Unlike our normal concert repertoire, which rarely repeats in any ten-year period, we revel in repetition at these visits, with the Responses sung to either the setting by Richard Ayleward or the one by our Musical Director, Lee Dunleavy. The Canticles are either sung to the setting in B flat by Henry Smart, the setting in C by Bryan Kelly, or by Mozart (Magnificat, 1774) and J. Michael Haydn (Nunc dimittis, 1784). The Psalmody and anthem varies for each visit, depending on the church’s calendar.

Peterborough Cathedral
Choral Evensong
Saturday 28 May 2022
St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Choral Evensong
Saturday 30 July 2022
   
Christ Church Oxford
Choral Evensong
Monday 6 January 2020
Winchester Cathedral
Choral Evensong
Wednesday 29 May 2019
Westminster Abbey
Choral Evensong
Tuesday 30 July 2019
St George’s Chapel, Windsor
Choral Evensong
Wednesday 11 April 2018
Worcester Cathedral
Choral Evensong
Monday 9 July 2018
 
Coventry
Cathedral

Choral Evensong
Saturday 17 October 2015
 
Gloucester
Cathedral

Choral Evensong
Monday 24 October 2011
St Paul’s
Cathedral
Choral Evensong
Monday 29 October 2012

Image of  St Edmundsbury Cathedral by Martin Pettitt - www.flickr.com - CC BY 2.0
Image of  Peterborough Cathedral by Paul Wilkinson - www.flickr.com - CC BY 2.0