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Harry Potter and the Choristers of Oxford
14th April 2013
 
 

It has been some years since All Saints sang at Christ Church Cathedral, so on the first Sunday after the Easter break, ten senior boy choristers were joined by ten of the senior girls, as they travelled to Oxford to take the place of the Cathedral Choir (still on vacation) for the day.

Sunday 14 April started early, with an excited coach load departing from All Saints. On arrival at the Cathedral a swift rehearsal followed, before the 11:15AM service of Sung Eucharist, sung to the Common Worship order. Whilst the details of the service were perhaps slightly unfamiliar – at All Saints all Eucharists follow the order for Mass as set out in the Prayer Book of 1662 – the music certainly was not. The Mass setting was sung to the Keble Missa Brevis by Philip Stopford. With its split soprano lines and echoing

lines, this setting is ideally suited both to the combined choir of boys and girls, and also to the generous acoustic of Christ Church. The motet was A Child’s Prayer by James MacMillan. Written in 1996 to commemorate the fifteen children and their teacher murdered in Dunblane Primary School, the motet opens dolefully, with lament-like chords low down in the voices. Soon two treble solos soar up above the choir, carrying the traditional text to a climax, before finally the solo voices end the piece alone. A wonderfully moving text, various members of the congregation congratulated the choir later on their sensitive performance of the work:
 
 

Welcome Jesu,
Deep in my soul forever stay,
Joy and love my heart are filling
On this glad Communion day.

   

 


Following a much-anticipated packed lunch, the choristers headed off into the College to look around. Particular areas of interest were the Lewis Carroll/Charles Dodgson and Alice in Wonderland connections in the Great Hall, and of course the many areas in the cloisters and quadrangles which featured in the various Harry Potter films, and of course the 16th century staircase which leads up to the Great Hall – see some of the boy choristers in the photograph above.

Of course, Oxford is not just about the Cathedral, so, as is his wont, the Director of Music was soon marshalling his troops across Oxford, as they explored the major sights of the city – even a touch of celeb-spotting as Ian Hislop was seen in the distance. Reliving his student days, Mr Dunleavy soon had every chorister provided with an ice-cream, courtesy of G&Ds, the famous/infamous ice-cream café!
 

 

 

Suitably refreshed, the choristers, lay-clerks and choral scholars reconvened in preparation for Evensong. Moving across the Atlantic, the music was contemporary all-American fare: responses by Craig Phillips, the canticles to The Amarillo Service by David Ashley White, and the anthem Alleluia by Randall Thompson. Again, complementary comments were received from the congregation, and particular mention was made of the unusual

choice of repertoire; whilst British choral music is widely performed in America, little American music is heard on this side of the pond, and rectifying this has become something of a personal mission for the Director of Music.

All in all, the day was a great success, enjoyed equally by those who performed and those who heard the choirs. Particular thanks to Penny Barnes, Ruth Kentigern-Fox, Sally Sumner, and Veronica Trotter for chaperoning the choristers, and to all who assisted in making the day such a success.

 

 



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