Worcester Cathedral was our destination over the recent bank holiday weekend. Directed by Robert Fielding, we sang there for five services, earning many compliments from the clergy and members of the regular congregation. We sang music ranging from Tudor polyphony, through well-known anthems of the Twentieth Century, such as Let all the world in every corner sing by Ralph Vaughan Williams, to a psalm chant by Robert Fielding himself.
With Worcestershire being closely associated with Sir Edward Elgar, we sang his motet Ave Maria at the main Sunday morning Eucharist. The week was especially memorable for choristers James Garland and Joshua Hillier, who sang solos in, respectively, Harold Darke’s Communion Service in F and George Dyson’s Magnificat in F during services on the Sunday.
On behalf of the Dean and Chapter, as a token of their appreciation, Canon Paul Tongue presented us with a framed, facsimile print of a page from one of the priceless medieval musical manuscripts in the cathedral’s library.
But it wasn’t all hard work. Joined by family members, we enjoyed a day out on the Severn Valley Railway. The boys – and some of the men! – also let their hair down playing laser quest and competing in go-kart races. The noise in the arena was deafening!
The choir currently has vacancies for boys aged 7 and upwards this term. If your son would benefit from opportunities like this, please phone Robert Fielding on 0787 944 3060.
By coincidence, on Saturday 31 August, the Girl Choristers and Lay Clerks of Worcester Cathedral are visiting the Abbey to sing Choral Evensong. The service starts at 5.30pm.
• An edited version of this story appeared in the Romsey Advertiser on 31 August 2013.
|From Worcester 2013|
• If you would like to see more photos taken during our visit to Worcester and other services and events during the year, come along to our slide show and AGM in the Church Rooms at 4.45pm on Sunday 20 October.