Southwark Cathedral stands at the oldest crossing point of the tidal Thames, historically the only entrance to the City of London across the river, the one of the first visions of the great city for a newcomer, or for someone returning home. There has been a church on the site since the seventh century — … More A new home for the week.
It’s sixteen thousand, nine hundred and thirty seven kilometres between Newcastle and London, and by the time this is published, most of those of us who are about to start tour will have travelled that distance. We’ll have crossed Australia — in itself quite a journey: Australia is a much bigger country than we often … More It’s about to start…
Tomorrow is ANZAC day, and Evensong tonight will be a special celebration — a time to remember that day, now over a century ago, on which the ANZAC troops landed, disastrously, on the wrong patch of beach in Gallipoli Cove. It was an eight-month campaign which saw 25,000 casualties and almost nine thousand deaths, and … More A chorister’s prayer
Blogger’s note: It is a privilege to introduce Stuart, who is our choir mascot and who has been asked to write a guest blog post about his recent trip to Melbourne. It’s not an easy life, being a choir mascot. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fantastic. I think I’m the luckiest minion out there to … More Allow me to introduce…the mascot.
Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die. O Christ, your triumphs now begin o’er captive death and conquered sin. Henry Hart Milman wrote those words in 1827 and these are the words that we will sing tonight, at Evensong. Not the hymn tune that most of us know (we’ll … More Ride on
“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
Tomorrow is the second Sunday in Lent: a time of turning inward, of reflection and preparation for the joys of Easter. For the choir, Lent is also a time of gearing up for one of the biggest sings of the year, the marathon of Holy Week. Soon we’ll be into extra weekly rehearsals. We’ll be … More Light, darkness, and some really good music.
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.
Christ Church Cathedral maintains a music programme that has benefited this city for nearly two hundred years — the first records of music at the Cathedral date from 1835. During this time, the choirs, organists and musicians of the Cathedral have enhanced the worship of our church, diocese and city, and provided entertainment on the concert … More Who are we?