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Cathedral Visits - Summer 2023
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Cathedral Visits - Summer 2023

9th June 2023

The choir at St Pauls

Alongside intense rehearsals for our upcoming June concert, Viva Italia, members of Northampton Bach Choir recently embarked on an unforgettable musical adventure to two iconic London cathedrals, St Paul's Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral. Despite facing travel obstacles, including a rail strike and a major sporting event, the choir managed to arrive promptly for their performances, seizing the opportunity to explore the vibrant Borough Market during their visit to Southwark.

The choir at Southwark Cathedral

As well as the Preces and Responses by Humphrey Clucas, the choir performed the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Samuel Coleridge Taylor and a rousing composition to the words of Psalm 150. Hilary Punnett, our guest conductor who comes from Canada, remarked that it is possibly the first time that Psalm 150 by Canadian composer Ruth Watson Henderson has been performed at St. Paul’s. You could almost see the chord on “Praise the Lord” travelling through the air as it resonated in the Dome of this iconic Cathedral.

Inside Southwark Cathedral
St Pauls Cathedral

The choir are truly grateful to have the opportunity to sing in England’s awe-inspiring Cathedrals; to be able to experience the breathtaking architecture and the unique acoustics is truly memorable. Our former musical director, Lee Dunleavy, first took us to Gloucester Cathedral in 2011 and this is the third time we have sung at St. Paul’s.

Hilary Punnett
Jem and Laurence in the Organ Loft

We were privileged to be led by guest conductor, Hilary Punnet, and accompanied by our répétiteur, Jem Lowther, for these two visits. We look forward to more trips in the future with our new permanent Musical Director, Simon Toyne.