April starts halfway through Holy Week this year. The boys are looking forward to anther Passover meal at the start of the Sung Eucharist on Maundy Sunday. On Good Friday morning, we give an outing to two new pieces: a motet by Thomas Tallis, Salvator Mundi; and The Reproaches by John Sanders. Sung at many cathedrals every year on Good Friday, it is something of a modern classic, alternating anguished 8-part harmonies with haunting antiphons by the men. We are looking forward to it.
On Easter Sunday, boys, girls and men unite to sing William Byrd’s joyful motet Haec dies (This is the day that the Lord has made), half of which consists of Alleluias passed around the choir – simply beautiful. Later in the day, Robert Fielding’s Evening Service in B flat minor gets its first full airing; it contains a couple of nice solos and interesting harmonies. Afterwards, we are on holiday for a week before the summer term, with its promise of football on the green before choir practice
Chorister recruitment continues to be a priority. We revamped the choir website in February to make it easier to find out what we offer and get in touch with Robert, who has also been liaising with local schools. We look forward to welcoming more boys to our ranks very soon.
Finally, we have also launched another year of our popular 200 Club. If you’d like to enjoy a mild flutter while helping to raise the funds that ensure all choristers can take part regardless of parental income, please get in touch with Geoff Mordan on 01794 515324.