Our choristers started virtual rehearsals this week for the Big Easter Evensong at 6pm on Sunday.
Despite not being able to meet physically, our boys and girls have been coming together for virtual musical activities at the time they would ordinarily have been at the cathedral rehearsing – thanks to our Director of Music, Andrew Bryden and Music Outreach Co-ordinator Tracey Kendrick.
Yesterday the choristers started learning pieces for this weekend’s national event – organised by the RSCM (Royal School of Church Music).
The idea is to bring together choirs up and down the country in a virtual world for a special service live-streamed on YouTube.
The music will be led by a selection of choirs who’ve assembled virtual performances. It’s open to all and the music is available at https://www.rscm.org.uk/join-us-for-our-big-easter-evensong/ – a YouTube link will be added soon.
We are delighted that we will be singing responses set by our good friend and world renowned composer Philip Wilby.
“This is a great opportunity to bring together thousands of singers including our own choristers who tell us they are missing choir and each other,” said Mr Bryden, “with their own website the children can keep in touch with what’s going on and with their choir friends – earning points for their house in quizzes and activities; completing their chorister cards to advance in the choir – or simply having fun! We felt it was important in these challenging times that they had the chance to come together in a safe environment and that, most importantly, we keep on singing!”