Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Our First Evensong

During our tour our half of the Choir sang an impromptu Magnificat in the Chapter House - magnificent acoustics - about 5 seconds! Absolutely thrillling to hear.

A view of the Choir from the Bishop's Throne

A total immersion experience! The choir sang its first Evensong beautifully - 3 Anglican chant psalms, Preces & Responses by Byrd, Mag & Nunc by Gibbons, Jubilate Deo by di Lasso - as if they've done hundreds of times before. The acoustic is v. present in the Choir and you hear the room after the music stops - a v. clean sound.

The Choir is standing on the steps of the High Altar - right in front of them is the tomb of King John who signed the Magna Carta. The reredos is high Victorian - encrusted with semi-precious stones.

The view thru the choir to the High Altar

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