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Evensong at Winchester Cathedral


Thursday 27th April saw the Chamber Choir visit Winchester Cathedral to sing evensong. Performing the service a day after the Cathedral’s own professional choir broadcast evensong live on BBC Radio Three, there was, perhaps, a little pressure on our musicians to live up to the high standards to which the cathedral is used! The pupils of course rose to the challenge and sang magnificently. Having worked hard on such things as diction, where to breathe (and where not to), as well as mastering some very tricky harmonies in the music, the service was a highlight of our musical year. Enjoying the 7 second reverberant acoustic in Winchester, you could see the choir’s eyes lighting up as the musical climaxes rang around the building!

The new Dean of Winchester particularly enjoyed the anthem, Jonathan Dove’s expressive setting of  ‘Seek Him that maketh the seven stars’, and the other clergy and cathedral staff, were very complimentary. Current Canfordian, and former deputy head chorister of Winchester’s own choir, Charlie Anstee was amongst the pupils in the Chamber Choir - making his first return to the Cathedral choir stalls since leaving last summer and, along with us all, he received a warm welcome. Our evensong at Winchester is now an annual event, and we look forward to next year!

Recordings from the night can be listened to here.