On a dull and drizzly day the Choir headed round the M25 to sing choral evensong in the exceptionally spangly, recently revamped Guildford Cathedral. Indeed, a silent awe filled the coach as it started the long slow climb up Stag Hill where this great modern edifice is situated. Once settled into the cathedral, the Junior Choir undertook a series of fun activities whilst many of the adults went for lunch in the (also) recently revamped cathedral refectory. My heartfelt thanks go to Alison Lawrence and her band of fantastic helpers for coordinating the Juniors.
We initially began rehearsing downstairs in the song school in order to tighten a few musical ragged ends, before heading upstairs to continue the practice in the choir stalls. Once there, we were all completely astonished by the stunningly resonant acoustic. The distance between the choir stalls also added a whole new level of ensemble difficulty! Needless to say, once we had taken a little time to get used to singing in our new environment, everyone really pulled out the stops and the end result was simply terrific! My thanks go to Jeremy for his handy work at the keys and to Peter and Caroline for organising the trip. Well done choir!