Evensong at Guildford Cathedral

Fresh from their February tour to Malta, the Chapel Choir were in fine voice as they sang their termly cathedral evensong at Guildford Cathedral on Wednesday, 13th March. Following a series of rehearsals in the song school, the Chapel Choir enjoyed singing in this wonderfully acoustic space and the bright and ethereal nature of the building was truly inspiring. In this season of Lent, the music was particularly reflective with the anthem being S.S Wesley’s ‘Wash me thoroughly’ with a nice opening solo from Abigail Horton (L6, Neal). Before the service there was opportunity for William Favier-Parsons (Remove, Crosse) to play some Mendelssohn on the cathedral organ. The canticles for the service were Stanford’s challenging setting in G Major featuring soprano soloist Laura Crooks (Remove, Neal) and baritone, Oliver Pilgrim (U6, Woodard). These were both beautifully balanced against both the choir and the demanding organ accompaniment which was performed with aplomb by Mr Thompson. A wonderful experience for all involved and we look forward to returning to sing in this majestic building in the future. A busy term for the Chapel choir, but one in which many musical memories have been created and they look forward to the challenges of the Trinity term with the annual OA day evensong and Commemoration day services.