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2020

9 January 2020
New Appointment for our MD
6 January 2020
Choral Evensong in Oxford

2019

3 December 2019
Stephen Cleobury 1948-2019
24 November 2019
Bach, Brahms, Reger - a moving tribute
23 September 2019
Over 300 for Fourth Rutter Day
30 July 2019
Evensong in Westminster Abbey
24 June 2019
Berlioz Requiem : a NBC first
29 May 2019
Evensong in Winchester Cathedral
20 April 2019
On Tour 2019 : The Netherlands
17 February 2019
The Colours of Mozart
25 January 2019
Bach Choir Burns Supper

2018

11 November 2018
Heroes for Peace - a fitting tribute
25 October 2018
Evensong for the Lord Lieutenant
21 October 2018
I was glad! A feast of Parry
1 September 2018
2019/2020 Season Launched
12 July 2018
Evensong in Worcester Cathedral
24 June 2018
French Fireworks! From Widor to Castagnet
28 April 2018
Rejoice! The UK and USA come together
11 April 2018
Evensong for Her Majesty the Queen
11 March 2018
Over 200 Singers for Mahler's Resurrection

2017

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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.