Choral Holidays - Singing in wonderful locations

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Aug 6, 12:05 AM

Southwell, here we come!

The music is chosen, the details are coming together and, best of all, we have the biggest and potentially the best Choral Holidays choir yet preparing for our trip to Southwell Minster.

At present, 25 singers will make their way to this beautiful Nottinghamshire Cathedral for our evensong on 27th August. we have strength on all parts, although we are still happy to take more bookings.

Hats off to the people at Southwell Minster. They have taken a huge gamble by allowing a scratch choir to come and lead the worship in one of their regular services.

They are, I guess, trusting me because my Bledlow choir did so well there last year, but still, I’m grateful that they are the first British cathedral to take a punt on us.
The music is gorgeous. The introit will be “Jesu, the very thought is sweet” by Charles Wood, a hauntingly beautiful and appropriate way to begin a service.

We will be using the Tudor Responses by William Byrd, the Psalms will be 130 & 131.

Then something new. In all my years of music making in cathedrals, I’ve never come across Herbert Brewer’s Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in F. I have sung his settings in D & Eb of course, but this one was new to me. It has the usual passages of unison interspersed with typically stirring sections of harmony. No recordings exist of this work as far as I am aware so you may well find the Choral Holidays rendition on Youtube before long.

Finally, the anthem, Casar Frank’s glorious setting of Psalm 150. There’s nothing like a really good sing to finish off a weekend like this.

I’m really looking forward to it and hope to see you there!

 

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