On Wednesday 4 January, Joey Ford (Year 7), Chloë Hanna (Year 13), Jessica Brown and Rachael Ibbetson (former students), Naomi Ibbetson (Singing Teacher and former student) and John Spicer (Staff) joined the Choir of St. John the Baptist, Devizes, 50 strong, to sing Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
This was a tremendous opportunity, singing at such a Cathedral at the heart of our national life, a vast and beautiful place, on a site of Christian worship for 1400 years, and the burial place of national heroes. During cathedral choir holidays, after Christmas and Easter, cathedrals welcome visiting choirs to sing the services. St. John’s Choir, with other former St. Augustine’s students, have also sung at Truro, Gloucester, Salisbury, Bristol and Chichester Cathedrals.
Chloë is the Head Chorister at St. John’s – Naomi, Rachael and Jessica are former Head Choristers; Joey joined the choir in September and is a probationer who will be a full chorister soon, without doubt. We sang Psalms 13 and 14 to Anglican Chant, Stanford’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C, modern syncopated responses and Lord’s Prayer by Philip Moore, and the anthem Sir Christemas by William Mathias, all especially challenging with the Cathedral’s considerable time delay, and involving lots of rehearsal time at St. John’s, in the Song School in St. Paul’s Crypt, and in the Cathedral itself. A wonderful and memorable experience, and a great day out for all concerned.