Review: Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral

Category: Music, General, Events

I’ve been to St Paul’s Cathedral a few times, in fact I’ve performed there too which gives me an advantage in writing a meaningful review.  I vowed I would never mention myself in a review but in this context it helps to emphasise the enormity of what Choirmaster Adam Staines and his team achieved in singing Evensong at St Paul’s on Tuesday 17th April.

St Paul’s: it’s vast, it’s spectacular, and it’s had a Cathedral on the site since 604 AD.  Every time I go I stand in awe at the infrastructure, the detail, the acoustic - the overwhelming sense of something beyond ‘the every day’.  I’m 50 years old.  Imagine, then, the impact on a young Marlburian to have the experience and privilege of singing Evensong - perhaps the most soothing and inspirational moment in the Christian week - in such a place. I doubt they’ll ever forget it and in the end, that’s actually what a great education is all about: an experience for life.

The fact that, in such lofty circumstance and in front of such a large congregation, both in the Nave and beyond at High Altar, the choir excelled is a testament to their courage, quality and continued development as a group which exudes class, discipline and talent under Mr Staines.  In short, it’s a joy.  So much to cherish, relish and absorb.  How lucky we are.  Thank you one and all. 

Philip Dukes

Artistic Director

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