Choir Trip to London 2017

Follow Saint Paul’s to Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London

On July 21, Saint Paul’s Choir will embark on its ten-day pilgrimage to serve as choir in residence at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. One could argue that the primary purpose of this trip is to improve our skills and our knowledge of the Anglican tradition, akin to traveling to France to study French. While this is certainly a benefit of the trip, our choir’s journey will be more significant than this.

Saint Paul’s Cathedral has been on its current site for over 1,400 years. Though it has been built (or rebuilt) five times, its purpose has always been a place of worship and prayer. It is difficult to imagine the number of clergy, musicians, and others who have offered prayer in this holy place. Like many cathedrals in England, Saint Paul’s still carries on its tradition of daily choral evensong. We will be privileged to join in continuing this mission, and become part of the multitude of those who have taken time each day to offer the praises of God with all their skill. Over the course of the week, the choir will sing six services of Choral Evensong and two masses, and will join a continuum of daily sung prayer that spans centuries into the past and future. This will be a very different experience from simply visiting the Cathedral as a tourist. We are also aware that as pilgrims, we will be representing both Saint Paul’s Chestnut Hill and the Episcopal Church abroad, and we take this responsibility very seriously.

The experience of praying together in music every day will bind us together and strengthen our community. In addition to our singing, we will visit historic places, share meals and fellowship, and build relationships beyond what is possible in our weekly rehearsals here. Most importantly, the choir will return to Chestnut Hill with a deepened connection to God, to our Anglican music tradition, and to all those who offer daily sung prayer. We will have a renewed sense of mission to continue this tradition in our own Saint Paul’s community.

We are deeply thankful for the generous support of parishioners and friends of Saint Paul’s who have helped to make this pilgrimage possible. You will be remembered in our daily prayer, and we ask that you pray for us in the coming weeks: for our safe travel, for our will to give of our best skill in the praise of God, for our deepened faith, and for all those who make this pilgrimage with us in mind, body, or spirit.

We hope that many friends will be able to join us for services while we are in London.

Zach Fritsch-Hemenway, Director of Music


Schedule of Services
Click each service to view music list.

Choral Evensong at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, Sunday July 23rd at 5:00pm

Responses – Richard Ayleward
Ps. 76 (Lawes)
Edington Service – Grayston Ives
Let All the World – Kenneth Leighton

Weekday Evensong at Saint Paul's Cathedral, Monday July 24th at 5:00pm

Responses – Richard Ayleward
Ps. 144 (Monk)
Truro Service – Gabriel Jackson
We Shall Walk through the Valley in Peace – Moses Hogan

Weekday Eucharist at Saint Paul's Cathedral, Tuesday July 25th at 5:00pm

Feast of Saint James the Apostle
Mass Setting: Thomas Crecquillon
Beati Quorum Via – CV Stanford

Weekday Evensong at Saint Paul's Cathedral, Thursday July 27th at 5:00pm

Responses – Richard Ayleward
Ps. 72 (Boyce)
Evening Service in d minor – Thomas Attwood Walmisley
Laudibus in Sanctis – William Byrd

Weekday Evensong at Saint Paul's Cathedral, Friday July 28th at 5:00pm

Responses – Richard Ayleward
Ps. 74, 19-24 (Turle)
Evening Service in e minor – Leo Sowerby
Abendlied – Josef Rheinberger

Weekday Evensong at Saint Paul's Cathedral, Saturday July 29th at 5:00pm

Responses – Richard Ayleward
Ps. 77 (Harvey)
Westminster Service – Herbert Howells
Thee Will I Love – Herbert Howells

Sunday Eucharist at Saint Paul's Cathedral, Sunday July 30th at 11:30am

Messe Sollenelle – Louis Vierne
Jesu Dulcis Memoria – Leo Nestor

Sunday Evensong at Saint Paul's Cathedral, Sunday July 30th at 3:15pm

Responses – Richard Ayleward
Ps. 75 (South)
Edington Service – Grayston Ives
Let All the World – Kenneth Leighton

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