Choir Trip to England 2022

 

The Choir of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill is preparing to travel to England for ten days in July 2022, to sing services first at Exeter Cathedral in Devon, St. Alban’s Cathedral, and Southwark Cathedral in London. 

32 singers, together with St. Paul’s Director of Music and Organ Scholar, will be singing and playing daily services of Choral Evensong and Holy Eucharist services on Sundays and Feast Days.  Many British cathedrals invite visiting choirs to take a Choral Residency during weeks when their own musicians are on vacation.  Our choir made this musical pilgrimage for the first time in 2017, spending a full week at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.  It was an unforgettable experience of musical and spiritual growth for all who participated, and we are looking forward to repeating the opportunity in three different venues.  Exeter, St. Alban’s, and Southwark are ancient cathedrals with strong traditions of music, both choral and organ.

Musical preparation for the trip is well under way.  The repertoire that the choir will take to England has been scheduled into the programming for Evensong and Eucharist services throughout the year at St. Paul’s.  You can hear some of it at Evensong at 5:00pm on May 1st at St. Paul’s, and at 5:00pm on May 22nd at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Schedule of services in England

Exeter Cathedral
Sunday July 24th: 10:00am Choral Eucharist, 4:00pm Choral Evensong
Monday July 25th: 5:30pm Mass for the Feast of St. James
Tuesday July 26th: 5:30pm Choral Evensong

St. Alban’s Cathedral
Friday July 29th: 5:00pm Choral Evensong

Southwark Cathedral
Saturday July 30th: 4:00pm Choral Evensong
Sunday July 31st: 11:00am Choral Eucharist, 3:00pm Choral Evensong

Fundraising to cover the cost of the trip continues.  After a very successful Silent Auction in November 2021, the choir hopes to reach its fundraising goal by presenting a Musical Entertainment on May 6th featuring the Staff Singers, and a Coffee Cake Sale during the month of April.

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