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2019

3 December 2019
Stephen Cleobury 1948-2019
23 September 2019
Over 300 for Fourth Rutter Day
30 July 2019
Evensong in Westminster Abbey
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

17 December 2017
Christmas Carols and Messiah
20 November 2017
Ten Years with Bach and Haydn
28 October 2017
The Armed Man : Workshop Success
9 July 2017
A Fantastic French Feast
1 June 2017
Viva Venice! Choir on Tour
2 April 2017
Monteverdi Vespers Success!
4 February 2017
Long Lines in Lichfield

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Evensong in Winchester Cathedral

A group of just over 40 singers from the Northampton Bach Choir had a day out in Winchester in late May 2019 where we sang Evensong in Winchester Cathedral, as the regular cathedral choir took a break for half term. The vergers and canons of the cathedral were very welcoming and seemed to appreciate having the singers there to take part in the service. We travelled by coach, along with some supporters, helpfully organised by the concert manager Mark Gibson, which made it a relaxed day and there was time before we sang to explore the city and find some refreshment.

Northampton Bach Choir at Winchester Cathedral

It was a joy to sing for the service in such a beautiful and majestic building seeped in history, to be part of an ancient tradition which has carried on for over a millennium. There is something very moving to know you are part of something which has been done regularly for so long; to realise that you are hearing the same biblical readings and singing the same psalms as so many have done for centuries.

People have been praying in that spot for over 1000 years, and the monks, who were first to live and worship there in Christian community, would have prayed seven times a day throughout the 24 hours, including rising during the night to pray. Their worship would have had many similar elements to the service as we experienced it; listening to readings from scripture, reciting or usually singing the psalms and canticles, alongside praying for the needs of the world and local community. Although the current inhabitants don’t meet to formally pray seven times of day, the tradition of regular worship continues, underpinning the work of the cathedral and taking part in the worldwide work of regular prayer.
 
The choir in the quire stalls

We sang a mixture of music we had sung on previous cathedral visits, including Ayleward’s Responses, Smart’s Evening Service in Bb, and a work for Ascension new to us by the centenarian composer Francis Jackson, Sing praise to God who reigns above. The music was challenging to learn in just two rehearsals, but under Lee Dunleavy’s leadership we gave a fine rendering, and the sense of worship and peace in the cathedral was palpable. Our répétiteur travelled with us and played the magnificent organ, with his final voluntary - Gordon Jacob’s Festal Flourish - particularly rousing.