Perse Chamber Choir in fine voice for Westminster Abbey Evensong
8 Jan 2019
The Perse Chamber Choir savoured the experience of performing Evensong at Westminster Abbey.
The school’s singers had the honour of leading the service in the quire of the iconic church, which is the traditional setting for coronations of the British monarchy and has hosted many Royal weddings.
In front of a congregation of around 400 people, including parents, supporters and Old Perseans, the choir sang Herbert Howells’ Westminster Service, featuring the canticles Magnificat (Song of Mary) and Nunc dimittis (Song of Simeon), and ended the service with a rendition of Charles Stanford’s work Beati quorum via.
Perse Director of Music Michael Holiday felt the Chamber Choir’s efforts in rehearsals had paid off in making sure they were fine tuned for the occasion.
He said: “Westminster Abbey has been the setting for a lot of major national events, so to go there and lead the service was really special. The pupils understood the significance and responded really well to it.
“It was lovely for them to have the opportunity to sing there. The choir had worked hard and prepared their music really well and they were on excellent form.”