Chamber Choir Evensong at Winchester

Posted: 10th March 2022

On Wednesday 9 March, the Joint Schools’ Chamber Choir ventured to Winchester for their first visit to sing Evensong in the Cathedral since 2016. This magnificent building, which has been at the heart of Christian worship for over 900 years, contains a unique heritage of the life of the English nation and its stones tell the stories of Kings and Queens, statesmen and politicians.

From the opening responses to the closing anthem, the choir was on top form and sang with a real sense of poise and sensitivity The repertoire included the soaring lines of Howell’s beautiful setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis – Collegium Regale, which filled the awe-inspiring surroundings. The musicianship of the choir was impressive throughout, but particular mention should be made of Noah Campbell who sang the Tenor solo in Howell’s Nunc Dimittis with real tenderness. The musical part of the service closed with Stanford’s anthem Lighten our Darkness. Written during the Great War, this wonderful setting of the third collect, seemed particularly apt for such troubled times. My thanks to STHW for his help and vocal dexterity on the day. A recording of the service, which was streamed live on YouTube, can be found below:

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