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, Gloucester, Lichfield, Peterborough, Winchester, and Worcester Cathedrals, St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and most recently, Westminster Abbey.

Despite their size, 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. Because we only sing one or two a year, we have just one or two staples for the Responses (a set by the seventieth-century composer Richard Ayleward and one by our own Musical Director) and Canticles (the set in B flat by Henry Smart and the set in C by Bryan Kelly), but the Psalmody and anthems vary for each visit.

Our venues are limited by both availability and distance (we sing only where we can get there and back easily in a day!). Plans for future years include Cathedrals in Oxford (Christ Church), Ely, and Lincoln, as well as St Albans Abbey and Southwell MInster.
Christ Church Cathedral
Choral Evensong
Monday 6 January 2020
Southwell Minster
Choral Evensong
Saturday 17 October 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
Peterborough Cathedral
Choral Evensong
Saturday 14 October 2017
 
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  Peterborough Cathedral by Paul Wilkinson - www.flickr.com - CC BY 2.0
Image of  Christ Church Cathedral by Kathryn - www.flickr.com - CC BY 2.0