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12th September 2015
This year's choir medallists

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13th April 2015
Former chorister returns for concert with her brilliant new choir! Sat 23rd May 2015

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31st October 2014
An English Autumn Concert : 21st November 2014

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3rd September 2014
A New Year and a New Music Department

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5th May 2014
David Arcus begins as Interim Director of Music!

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11th April 2014
New Music Staff

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31st March 2014
Clare Competition Winner

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17th February 2014
Mozart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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16th February 2014
Choral Evensong in Cambridge

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7th February 2014
Rage and Romance : Part 1 Done!

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2nd February 2014
Be a Chorister at Candlemas!

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1st February 2014
Our New Archdeacon Arrives

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31st January 2014
ASS needs you!!!

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25th January 2014
The Men in Southwell

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5th January 2014
A New Year’s Tour in Vienna

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26th December 2013
Christmas has just Begun!

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19th December 2013
Mandela Memorial Service

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5th December 2013
Our New Boy Bishop

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22nd November 2013
The Dove is Launched!

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22nd November 2013
Composition Competition

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The Real Christmas Season
7th January 2013
 

 

Yesterday the choir celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany with a High Mass with Carol Sequence, and Choral Evensong and Benediction. At the morning service the Epistle and Gospel were separated by readings from Boris Pasternak, Lancelot Andrewes and Evelyn Waugh, and after Ite Missa est, the famous W. H. Auden text Well, so that is that, was read. The service also marked the 25th Wedding Anniversary of Deputy Warden Barbara and Lay Clerk Michael, and Michael sang Atkins’ arrangement of Cornelius’ The Three Kings. This was the culmination of our

Christmas celebrations which included the great Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (a congregation of 500 and choir of over 60), not least the one solo girl, magically singing “Once in royal David’s city”. The service included the European premičre of Dan Forrest’s Never a brighter star. You can see the full Order of Service for Nine Lessons and Carols here.
 
 

On Christmas Eve the Choir of Girls and Men were joined by twelve former Girl Choristers to sing Midnight Mass to the Mass of the Nativity by Richard Shephard – Ben Horden was our Organist, and our Organ Scholar Nathan and Senior Girl Chorister Eleanor added the instrumental obbligatos. At the conclusion of the service, the Bambino was placed in our remarkable Crib (as featured in Simon Jenkins’ book “England’s Thousand Best Churches”).

On Christmas Day the 8:00am Low Mass was said according to the Book of Common Prayer, with seasonal organ music and carols, and at 10:30am the High Mass of the Nativity was sung by the Boys and Men, joined by a number of former Boy Choristers and Choral Scholars, to the Mass in G by Schubert with extracts from Handel’s Messiah and carols.

     

 

Earlier in the week the Director of Music gave a Christmas Organ Recital, including organ works based on popular carols, which the congregation sang in-between each pieces. The recital began with the Noël (Grand Jeux et Deo) by D’Aquin, then came three pieces based on O come, all ye faithful: the Musette by Demessieux, the Pastorale ‘Gesu Babino’ by Yon and At Christmas-tide by Stanford. Next came two Preludes on O little town of Bethlehem by Gordon Phillips and Philip Marshall, and finally works based on In dulci jubilo: Liszt’s Allegretto pastorale from Weihnachtsbaum, Buxtehude’s Chorale Prelude, BuxWV 197, and Jacobus Kloppers’ Partita.

We were saddened to hear of the death of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett on Christmas Eve, but we were delighted that his carols for our choirs – The Holly and the Ivy and The Shepherd’s Carol

were scheduled and performed as planned on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – Requiescat in Pace. Sir Richard was a great friend to our musical programme, supporting us when we were touring in New York in 2008, and having promised a further choral work in 2014. You can hear recordings of his two carols for us on our CD Carol of Joy.
 

 
     
 
 

 



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