The Chapel Choir will be losing some very strong singers at the end of this year. With this in mind Choral Evensong at Bristol Cathedral on 26th April was performed by just seven Upper Sixth pupils; Ellen Arkwright, Alice Campbell, Rosie Chase, Frances Leith, Isy Cardy, Beth Jackman and Amelia Drew. This was the first visit to Bristol Cathedral for a few years and the small choir were able to enjoy the wonderful acoustic of this building. The service began with the Responses by Malcolm Archer. This is a straightforward setting which showed how well the girls' voices blend. The Canticles were a little-known setting by George Dyson (Director of Music at Marlborough College between 1911 and 1914). The robust Magnificat was followed by a lyrical Nunc Dimittis. The most expressive singing was found in the anthem Ex ore innocentium by Ireland. This is a short, but beautifully crafted composition. The Cathedral's Precentor was extremely appreciative of the choir's contribution to the daily worship of the Cathedral.
Simon Taranczuk MMUS FRCO
Director of Chapel Music