Having given its last public performance in St Alban’s Cathedral back in early March 2020, the newly reformed Joint Schools’ Chamber Choir was back in action yesterday evening. Comprising the best singers from both the RGS and GHS, this group travelled to sing Evensong in Chichester Cathedral for the first time in many years.
After such a prolonged period with relatively little singing, the group rose to the challenge and sang to an exceptionally high standard before a large congregation.
Noble’s grandiose setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B Minor, with its simple yet expressive approach to word-setting, filled the glorious acoustic of the cathedral magnificently. This was followed by Bairstow’s anthem, Save us, O Lord. Here the choir managed the transition from the hushed opening melodic lines to the more vigorous and bombastic central fugal section with real skill.
Singing of such a high standard was met with many lovely comments from the congregation and cathedral clergy alike and we look forward to returning to Chichester again in the future.