Area Chamber Choir

Our Chamber Choir once again had the privilege of singing services at St Albans Abbey while the Abbey choristers were away on their half term break – and it is a privilege and a great pleasure to sing in such a wonderful place. The “echo” of the voices in the choir stalls when the singing stops is magical.

Conducted by Chris Muhley and with Claire Cousens on the organ, 28 singers (8 men and 20 ladies) formed our choir for this weekend. By 2pm on the Saturday, with our smart new music folders, we were high up in the Song School practising for the 4pm service of Choral Evensong when Responses by Ayleward, Canticles – Sumsion in A, and Bairstow’s lovely anthem Save us, O Lord were sung.

All Saints’ Day – Sunday morning at 9.30am (end of British Summer Time so it didn’t seem so bad!) saw the climb up that stone spiral staircase once again, to the Song School for practice for the 11.15am Service of Choral Matins. For those of us who do not sing this service in our own churches it gave us the opportunity to sample some new repertoire including the Te Deum and Jubilate in F by John Ireland – a really “big” sing in a really big space! Our anthem, Give us the Wings of Faith by Alan Smith was a new (to most of us) version of an old favourite.

After the service as we stood with the Dean on the steps leading to the High Altar to have our now customary photographs taken, we all agreed it had been another good weekend. Our thanks to Helen Carter, who had done so much of the preparation work, but was unable to join us, and to Chris Muhley and Claire for all their patience in practice when we got it wrong!

Looking forward to our next opportunity to sing together.

Pat Beach

Here are some photos taken at the event