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Right... You're Bard

And so the tour has begun. Last night most of the choir arrived in Durham ready to start rehearsing. As is normal on such first nights, we met in the recommended Cathedral pub, in this case the theatrically named Shakespeare pub followed by the even more traditional activity of a visit to the Pizza Express next door.

Rehearsals start this morning in the cathedral song school and we'll concentrate on today's evensong, covering Vaughan Williams O Clap Your Hands and the Evening Canticles by Brewer in D.

The spring is sprung, the Thames has ris

...and tonight is the first public event for the choir, at Southwark Cathedral at 6:30pm, a traditional language Eucharist service. We'll be singing a selection of 20th century and contemporary music as follows:

  • Harold Darke - communion service in E
  • Morten Lauridsen - O Nata Lux
  • Bob Chilcott - Be Thou my Vision

If you have difficulty getting to London Bridge tonight for this service or, if this just isn't enough sacred music to get you through the month of March, the choir will be performing a concert of Tudor music at Stroud Green on Tuesday the 18th (PLEASE NOTE, NO LONGER ON THE 25th) of March.

We hope to see you at either or both.

To the heights of Devon

In our tour to Exeter, we must also say a huge thank you to the Dean and Chapter of the cathedral, in particular to Ian Morter, the Canon Treasurer, for his help and hospitality.

The cathedral also offered us two tours of the cathedral, one of which was into the roof space of the cathedral itself. There we visited the (now disused) lead smelting room high above the cathedral, saw how the roof is maintained (and the sometimes odd choices of those who were responsible for its upkeep in times gone by - more on that later), saw the bell ringer's chamber and examined the mechanism for chiming the hourly bell from the astronomical clock.


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