Evensong lights up Cathedral
Chamber Choir Sing Evensong at Winchester Cathedral
The Chamber Choir had an unforgettable experience as they travelled to Winchester to sing Evensong in the city’s great Cathedral. Arriving early in the afternoon the choir had plenty of time to rehearse in the magnificent 14th century choir stalls.
The Evensong congregation included a large number of Hampton parents who had made the long journey to support the boys. The choir sang music by early English composers, including the Ayleward Responses, Weelkes Short Service and Gibbons’ anthem ‘Almighty and Everlasting God’.
Alex Coutts (U6), who is to take up an organ scholarship next year at Magdalene College, Cambridge, accompanied the choir and also played at the end of the service.
Hampton’s Assistant Director Music, Dr Matthew Ward, felt the trip was a great success for the choir:
‘It is always a privilege to sing in such a special and historic building, although it can be a little daunting. As usual, the Chamber Choir rose to the challenge and sang with great musicality and discipline. It was wonderful to hear the boys’ voices reverberating for several seconds at the end of each piece, and it was a memorable occasion for us all.’