The choir, the cathedral and the beach

St Mary’s choir sang in Chichester Cathedral for a week in August. The cathedral was really enjoyable to sing in and was situated in a great area in the centre of town surrounded by gardens.

The Choir at Chichester Cathedral. (Photo: John Lambie)

The Choir at Chichester Cathedral.
(Photo: John Lambie)

Over the course of the week we sang a variety of music, ranging from older to more modern. Some pieces were upbeat, such as ‘I was Glad’ by Purcell, and some were calmer yet equally well received, such as ‘And I Saw a New Heaven’ by Bainton. The cathedral staff were very welcoming and ensured we made the most of our trip away. Our hard work during practice paid off as we were given great feedback by many members of the various congregations we sang to as well as the cathedral staff themselves.

When we weren’t rehearsing and singing in services we enjoyed group trips out to various places including the beaches at Bognor Regis and West Wittering. The weather was unusually good for England which meant that swimming in the sea was a great break and really relaxing. We also enjoyed trips into Chichester and Arundel, another nearby town.

On our day off a few of us went to Guildford for a day at the Spectrum leisure complex. We went swimming and tenpin bowling which was great fun despite me being pretty rubbish at bowling!  Other choir members chose to go to Portsmouth to visit sites such as the Mary Rose and the harbour. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Well done to the choir and thank you to everyone who organised the week. Thanks as well to Ian our vicar and his wife Coleen for coming down and visiting us – it was great moral support. In 2017 we are singing in Canterbury and can’t wait.

Hannah Howling

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