Choir Trips

Minster Girls' Choir at Chichester Cathedral (June 2014)

On Wednesday 18th June, the choristers of the Minster Girls' Choir - supported by our lady choral scholars - embarked on a trip down to Chichester in lovely Sussex. Together with our Minster staff and some parents, we left cloudy Croydon and arrived in sunny Chichester. The Cathedral with its old architecture looked absolutely stunning and the girls started to realise pretty quickly what a privilege it is to sing in such a building. After a short warm-up in the Cathedral's Song School, everyone was treated to complimentary tea and cake at the cafe which is situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Cathedral Precinct.

Having charged up their batteries, the girls then rehearsed the repertoire in the choir stalls and prepared themselves for the service. When the choir processed into the Cathedral Chancel at the beginning of Evensong, we were all amazed by how big the congregation for midweek Evensong is at Chichester! The music for the service included Woodside Responses, Psalms 110 & 111, Berkeley Service (Hewitt Jones) and Mendelssohn's How lovely are the messengers. The choir was on top form and the congregation and clergy thoroughly enjoyed our music-making. Well done ladies!




















Minster Boys' Choir at Canterbury Cathedral (May 2014)

Having sung Evensong at Rochester Cathedral the week before, the Minster Boys' Choir - together with the Whitgift Choristers - went to Canterbury on Tuesday 27th May, where they were invtited to sing Evensong at the Cathedral. However, before the hard work came the fun part of the day and the boys explored the Canterbury Tales Museum which they thoroughly enjoyed (particularly the gruesome details of Thomas Beckett's murder!).

Evensong at the Cathedral turned out to be a fantastic experience for the boys - they all certainly rose to the occasion and impressed hundreds of members of the congregation with their immaculate singing. The music on the day included Archer Responses, Psalm 126, Timothy Noon's Second Service and Howard Goodall's Love Divine. Thank-you boys!