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Choral Evensong in Oxford

6 January 2020

Earlier this evening nearly 50 members of the choir sang Choral Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, on the Feast of the Epiphany. This was the choir’s eleventh Cathedral visit, following visits to Coventry, Gloucester, Lichfield, Peterborough, St Paul’s (twice), Worcester, and Winchester Cathedral, St George’s Chapel Windsor, and Westminster Abbey. Future visits include Southwell Minster (17 October 2020) and Lincoln Cathedral (2 June 2021).

Rehearsing in St Matthew's

When these visits began back in 2011, it arose as a solution to our version of the “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” joke! Ours was, “How can we sing in the greatest buildings (and acoustics) in England”? Part of the answer remained “Practice, practice, practice”, of course, but also “Choral Evensong”.

Our visits provide time for Socialising

When we first began these visits we did a “dry run” at All Saints in the centre of Northampton before the visit itself, and this time we were delighted to do a “dry run” in our home church of St Matthew’s the night before. It was a delight to be welcomed by Fr Nicholas Setterfield, and to take part in Choral Evensong (possibly for the first time in our history?) in a church where we have given concerts for a few months shy of eighty years.
Rehearsing in Christ Church

Our repertoire included some of our classics - our Musical Director’s Responses and Henry Smart’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B flat major, as well as William Crotch’s Epiphany anthem Lo! star-led chiefs, which was new to most of us, but he was for some time Organist at Christ Church Cathedral. Not only was the anthem composed by a former Christ Church Organist, but so were our two Psalm chants - one by Henry Ley and the other by Stephen Darlington. Three hymns graced the service in Northampton, but only one in Oxford - but that one had a (in the words of the Precentor) “very stylish” descant by Lee.
Choir Members in Oxford