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2017

1 June 2017
Viva Venice! Choir on Tour
2 April 2017
Monteverdi Vespers Success!
4 February 2017
Long Lines in Lichfield

2016

11 December 2016
Santa Claus came to Town!
28 November 2016
Poulenc Gloria with the RPO
22 October 2016
Recording #4 - a Feast of Faure
3 October 2016
Good Greve - Awards and Socialising
10 July 2016
Rossini Rave Reviews
23 May 2016
Pagliacci, Plants and Parties
4 April 2016
924 years Not Out!
20 March 2016
Viva Verdi! Stunning Success
5 March 2016
Forty for Gloria in Brum
28 February 2016
Big Singing Success with John Rutter!
4 January 2016
Tickets at a New Home

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Long Lines in Lichfield

Earlier today nearly seventy members of the choir boarded cars, coaches, and bicycles, to take us up to Lichfield to sing Choral Evensong. We began a programme of singing "In Sacred Spaces" back in 2011 when we planned to sing Choral Evensong at St Paul's Cathedral (though we instead sang at Gloucester Cathedral, when St Paul's was unexpectedly closed with only 24 hours' notice!). Since then we have sung at St Paul's Cathedral twice, as well as at Coventry Cathedral, and in 2017 our visits take us to Lichfield and, on 4 November, Ely Cathedral. With a choir of this size, it was impossible to rehearse in any of the Cathedral's usual choir rehearsal rooms, so we were delighted to be able to use the Cathedral itself throughout the afternoon. This gave us plenty of time for sightseeing in advance of our rehearsal, and to visit one of the many fine places for luncheon, many going al fresco with the glorious weather.

Ivan at the Organ Console
 
Half the Choir from the Organ Loft

On the musical menu was Louis Le Vuyand's Responses, Psalm 23 set to a superb chant by Sir Henry Walford Davies, an Office Hymn set to the old Irish melody known as Slane, Henry Smart's tub-thumping setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in B flat major, and the joyous sounds of Samuel Wesley's little-known anthem, Exultate Deo, a setting of verses from Psalm 81. Our organist, Ivan Linford, concluded proceedings with Dubois' Fiat Lux ("Let there be light"), perfectly chosen for a service following so closely after Candlemas. Our major difficulties on this visit were having the singers stretched out right down the stalls, filling up four full rows in the Quire, as well as the very sharp pitch of the organ. Ivan very cleverly transposed the Canticles and anthem down a semitone, and we had printed the Responses and Psalm down a semitone already, so we were well prepared!

Outside the West Front

We received a most warm welcome from Assistant Organist and Bass Lay Vicar Nigel Argust, as well as the Canon for Pastoral Development and Mission and Canon Treasurer, Pat Hawkins and Andrew Stead, who lead the service.

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