We crossed the Bridge of Hope…

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Across The Bridge of Hope in St Albans Abbey on 10 November. It was a really special evening. Tori’s programme, charting the world’s conflicts from Agincourt to the present day, was truly moving. It was lovely to hear two of our interns – Katie Sutton (Jan Sandström, Across the Bridge of Hope) and Phoebe Wakefield (Ēriks Ešenvalds, Only in Sleep) – sing stunning solos, and to have Sheena Phillips, the composer of Song of Sorrows, with us in the audience. Our audience loved the premiere of Peter Foggitt’s The Permanence of the Young Men.

If you missed it but would like to find out what all the fuss was about, Tori is reprising the concert with pro singers at St Matthew’s Church, 20 Great Peter St, Westminster, London SW1P 2BU on Friday 23 November at 19:30 – with guest appearances from the Leas. Do join us!

Choir’s out for summer…

We finished our season with Morning Service at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, singing Byrd, Mozart and Howells in magnificent surroundings. Looking back, it’s been a momentous first year under Tori’s leadership, starting with Bernstein, Duruflé and Panufnik and ending with the profound silliness of The Birds and The Bees. The chaps’ The Animals Are Coming, Barry and Mike’s Hippopotamus Song, George’s Poisoning Pigeons in the Park and Penny’s Ugly Duckling were particularly memorable.

We went through our bi-annual voice tests at the end of term and are delighted to have several new members joining us in the Autumn. We are still on the lookout for a couple of low basses, and will be interested to hear from potential interns over the summer. Other voice parts are welcome to contact us too – we maintain an active deputies’ list and are always pleased to hear from new singers.

Next year’s programme looks great, with a Remembrance-themed concert in St Albans Abbey on Saturday 10 November and the Bach Magnificat to look forward to in the Spring. Have fun in the sun everyone!