February half-term started with a feast of music for the Romsey Abbey Girls’ Choir as they ventured to Portsmouth Cathedral to sing Evensong on Saturday 15 February.
This is the first time that the girls, under their musical director Diane Williams, have had the opportunity to lead Evensong at a local Cathedral and what an experience to sing in such a place. The service was led by Canon Michael Tristram, The Dean of Portsmouth the Very Reverend David Brindley and our very own Reverend Tim Sledge.
The girls filled the cathedral with their pure, clear voices beginning with a rousing Introit O Sing unto the Lord by Noel Rawsthorne. The Three Part Responses were by Malcolm Archer (Director of Music at Winchester College Chapel) and the Canticles were sung to a stirring unison setting by George Dyson, in C minor. The ethereal anthem was O for a closer walk with God written by Canon Anthony Caesar. All the music was ably accompanied by Jeffrey Williams on the Cathedral’s Nicholson organ.
The cathedral staff and clergy were very welcoming and were appreciative of our contribution to its worship, and have consequently invited the choir to return and, indeed, to take part in an exchange Sunday with the cathedral girls’ choir.