Monday, 9 July 2007

2 posts in a day - woohoo!

Monday night is choir practice night and we're building up to our cathedral week. Since 1996 we've spent a week in late August singing all the evening and Sunday services in an English cathedral, standing in for the resident choir school.

For the non-Anglican amongst you, that means an evensong (3/4 hour choral service) each evening at 5.30, of which most is singing, and on Sunday a mass with a bit of singing and an evensong on Sunday. Some cathedrals we also do a Mattins (very similar to evensong) on Sunday morning.

You might think it odd, reading the title of my blog, that I should do this kind of thing, but actually the music is just fabulous (if you like that kind of thing) and evensong combines the maximum music with the minimum god. It's not for those who like audience participation. Evensong is a contemplative service in which the clergy and choir do almost everything for the audience congregation. And it gives the lie to those who claim the devil has all the best tunes. Once you get to like this stuff, you realise that's simply not true. My own favourites are 17th century(ish) English sacred music. Purcell, Byrd, Tomkins, Weelkes, Blowe, etc.

OK, so this year we're singing in Ripon Cathedral, Yorkshire, 27th August - 2nd September. If you happen to be passing, please drop by. You can hear us and still avoid the service if you stroll into the cathedral between 4 and 5 in the afternoon, when we'll be warming up for Evensong. In the mornings we rehearse in the choir school, so are inaccessible. Or you could risk the service at 5.30. Sunday Eucharist is probably 11am (check the website), evensong 3.30.

There. Self-publicising over!

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