Humans are by nature community creatures and we have an inherent need to find our tribe – a place where we are loved and accepted, and where we love and accept in turn, where we both give of ourselves and are nourished. In our tribe we can be ourselves, unafraid. We can be who we … More Tribes and goodbyes
This morning’s opening hymn: While angels delight to hymn you above, the humbler creation, though faltering their praise with true adoration shall sing all their days. The humbler creation: that’s us. And sometimes our praise is faltering indeed. Sometimes it’s hard to sing. Not the music, necessarily, although sometimes it’s a challenge to learn new … More Singing in the storm
Yesterday we said goodbye to Southwark cathedral, which has been our home for the week, and today we have travelled on a large purple bus all the way to Norwich. Southwark cathedral is a beautiful place. Huge quadrapartite vaulted ceilings arched above us as we sang; during Evensong, light spilled through the high glass windows … More A history of prayer
In 1549 the first English prayer book was printed, the work of the scholar Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury under Henry VIII and Edward VI, and martyred under the rein of Mary. This prayer book took worship from Latin, the language of the priests, bring it into English and the vernacular of the day; it … More Evensong at Southwark
“A public performance is a miracle. You never know who’s watching, but you feel a communion between yourself, the audience, and the composer who wrote the notes two hundred years ago. But [forget] the notes. The notes are not important. They were the composer’s only means of communicating. The important thing is what’s between the … More The spaces between
A choir is a funny group of people. In some cases, we have absolutely nothing in common with each other. Any rehearsal will see people sitting next to those they’d probably never talk to in any other context, not out of disrespect but simply because some worlds don’t often collide. There are people we’re friends … More A family, a loss, a love, and a reminder.