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
We’ve been spending a lot of time rehearsing. It’s slightly different in English cathedrals — we robe, and do most of our rehearsal in the choir stalls of the cathedral itself, rather than in the song school. We were interrupted in rehearsal yesterday. Norwich was once home to Benedictine monks, who kept the daily patterns … More A blessed interruption
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
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.