O pray for the peace of Jerusalem

The anthem for our Evensong this Saturday, 12 March at 5pm will be Howells' 'O pray for the peace of Jerusalem.' The horror of war hit home quite literally for Herbert Howells in September 1940. He wrote in 1941: “Our house was blitzed and bashed one awful night in Sept. of 1940. Ursula was mercifully... Continue Reading →

Our first Evensong in 2022

We're getting ready for another Evensong! This coming Saturday 12 March at 5pm we are commencing our 2022 Evensong series with Herbert Brewer's Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in D and Herbert Howell's 'O pray for the peace of Jerusalem'. The photo is of us early in 2018, lining up before singing Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral,... Continue Reading →

Howells meets Brewer

At our next Evensong 5pm, Saturday 12 March, we’ll be singing the Brewer Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D, and the anthem ‘O pray for the peace of Jerusalem’ by Howells. Herbert Brewer was organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1896 until his death in 1928. One day he was introduced to a 14-year-old boy from... Continue Reading →

The Beatitudes

At our rehearsal last night we worked hard at Arvo Pärt’s 'Beatitudes' in preparation for our 11am service on Sunday (13 Feb). In addition to loving Pärt’s stunning music, we are always struck by the beauty of the words, still radical after 2000 years. We cornered our minister, Greg Elsdon, before the rehearsal and asked... Continue Reading →


We are singing Arvo Pärt’s Beatitudes at our service on Sunday, 13 February. With his unique compositional voice, Pärt is rightly recognised as one of the leading composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. This inspiring concert recording of the Beatitudes features Patrick Walders conducting the San Diego Summer Choral Festival in 2015. Pärt’s Beatitudes... Continue Reading →

Nordic & Baltic choral composers

At our 11am service on Sunday 13 February we will be singing Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s setting of the Beatitudes, reflecting the gospel reading for that Sunday. The photo is of Estonia’s pretty capital, Tallinn, where Pärt completed his composition studies. Looking back on the new music we have bought recently, we are struck by... Continue Reading →

Pärt Beatitudes

The Choir has now returned from its January break, after a busy Advent and Christmas season. An early project will be singing Arvo Pärt’s setting of the Beatitudes in our 11am service on Sunday 13 February. Composed in 1990 and premiered by Paul Hillier and the Theatre of Voices choir in Nathanaelkirche in Berlin, it... Continue Reading →

Christmas Eve

Rehearsing Ola Gjeilo's 'Serenity' (O magnum mysterium) for our 6pm Christmas Eve Service of Lessons of Carols, when we will be joined by Kim Worley playing the soaring cello solo over the top!

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