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Singing in King’s College Cambridge
15th September 2012
 


 

 

Scarcely a week into full-term and already the Choirs are off to a flying start! Saturday 15 September so a welcome invitation to return once again to the Biennial Ely Festival of Church Music, held in the spectacular acoustic and world-famous architecture of the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. Unfortunately we were constrained by coach space so only able to take the most senior 16 Boy Choristers and senior 16 Girl Choristers, with a smattering of our finest Choral Scholars and Lay Clerks. Despite our need to limit numbers, we still represented by far the largest contingent of young singers – and proved it in volume!

Despite terrible weather all week, the sun shined on us that weekend, and having set off early from Northampton, we were exceptionally grateful that King’s alumnus and current Lay Clerk, David Simms, had managed to persuade the College to open the Fellows’ Garden to us, enabling us to picnic in fine style!
 

 

This year we were lucky enough to be conducted by Sarah MacDonald, Director of Music at Selwyn College in Cambridge and Director of Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir, with the Assistant Organist to the Girls’ Choir, Alexander Berry, at the Organ. Afternoon rehearsals took place at Great St Mary’s, just across the road from King’s, and following an inspirational couple of hours getting the finer corners of the music tweaked, we made our way over to the Chapel for a last-minute rehearsal in the venue. It was a particular delight to see a few familiar faces amongst the other

choirs, and indeed to catch up with recently retired Lay Clerk David Hyde, seen in this photo sporting his All Saints tie!
 

 

Finally, to the service itself. Despite spending several hours in the Chapel already, there was an audible intake of astonishment from even the hardiest of choristers as they processed into the candlelit gloom of the stunning Chapel to begin the service, now utterly transformed by the vast crowds of singers and congregation. However familiar the music, and indeed however familiar the service format – a traditional Book of Common Prayer Choral Evensong taking as its theme this year the Feast of the Holy Cross – nothing can truly prepare you for the sound of over 300

voices echoing around that world-class acoustic. A fantastic start to a truly exciting year ahead.
 

 



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