After an excellent year of performing challenging repertoires at School concerts and services, William Peart, now an organ scholar at Worcester Cathedral, arranged for the Chamber Choir to perform Evensong at one of the Cathedral’s regular services.
The choir, made up of mainly outgoing Sixth Formers, former OSH students and current and former staff members, including the former Director of Music Tony Bridgewater, reunited for a day of rehearsals. Evensong comprised a 45 minute programme with a challenging choral repertoire by Edgar Bainton and Herbert Brewer, as well as traditional Preces and Responses to the Evensong prayer.
Soprano and future accountant Charlotte Bradley performed a beautiful solo in Chilcott’s ‘Be Thou my Vision’ and a male voice quintet intoned a psalm set by Edward Bairstow.
The choir was coached by the Cathedral staff in the rituals of the service. There was a mixed audience consisting of the general public, parents of the Sixth Formers and current staff members
The event was a great success, providing an unparalleled experience for the outgoing Sixth Form in the working life of a cathedral choir and the performance was a great testament to the hard work and musicality of the students involved.