Two world premieres
St Mary’s Cathedral Choir continues its mission to pursue new music and its encouragement of young composers. On Sunday January 26th, 2014, they gave the first performance of Eastern Monarchs, Sages Three, by Laurence Caldecote, an organist and composer based in the Midlands. The first performance was recorded live, and is available on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ySDnBMIqvc
This lovely anthem deserves more performances, and will certainly remain in our Epiphany repertoire.
On Sunday 23rd February, 2014, they premiered a setting of Ubi Caritas by Robert Allan, a composition student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland who also sings in the Cathedral Choir. Bob wrote the unaccompanied motet for the Cathedral Choir, and conducted the first performance. They will be singing it again at Evensong on Sunday March 16th, and for a third time at the Choral Mass on Maundy Thursday.
Chorister Successes February 2014
Congratulations to Erin Wallace, one of our Cathedral Choristers, on gaining a place in the National Girls’ Choir of Scotland.
One of our new boys, Freddy Morley, has also gained a place in the National Boys’Choir of Scotland.
Cathedral Choir to sing in Durham Cathedral and Lincoln Cathedral
The Cathedral Choir are to sing all the services in Durham Cathedral for a weekend in March. They will sing four services in two days on the 29th and 30th March, 2014.Check out the Music List page if you’d like to see the music they will be singing.
They will also be the choir in residence in Lincoln Cathedral, for the week of 14th – 20th July, 2014, when they will sing a total of eight services over the week.
Previously, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir has sung in Salisbury Cathedral, Lichfield Cathedral, and St Mary’s, Edinburgh, as well as Beverley Minster and Tewkesbury Abbey.
Congratulations to Peter Wakeford, our Organ Scholar for the last three years, on his appointment as our Assistant Organist.