The choir in St. Albans Cathedral
SUNDAY MARCH 8th 2015 - CHORAL EVENSONG
Canticles Wood in D
Psalms 11 and 12
Anthem Steal away - Spiritual
Hymns Be thou my guardian and my guide
When I survey the wondrous cross
O happy band of pilgrims
St. Mary’s Welwyn has been very fortunate to be able to maintain a strong musical tradition for many years. The choir has been invited to sing in cathedrals and large parish churches and the number of regular choir members has always been in excess of 20.
In the recent past the choir has consisted mainly of adult members, male and female. However, we have a (relatively) new choir for young people - Welwyn Tune. You can find more information about them here.
The choir sings at the 9.30am Eucharist service in St. Mary’s every Sunday morning and two Evensong Services each month, one of which is Choral, incorporating settings of the responses and canticles.
An anthem is sung every Sunday.
Festivals also deserve special mention and in particular All Soul’s Day with performances of the Fauré Requiem and the Haydn Little Organ Mass, the former with an augmented choir of 60 and the latter 35.
Over the last few years, the choir has been invited to sing at several cathedrals and has sung Evensong at St. Albans Cathedral and Norwich Cathedral and a Choral Eucharist at St. Albans Cathedral. In 2015 the choir will sing the service of Choral Evensong at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday May 16th at 3.30pm and in April 2016 at Westminster Abbey.
The choir jealously guards the tradition of high quality English Church music but this includes works by modern composers such as Tavener, Chilcott, Laurisden, Philip Stopford and Ola Gjeilo as well as the more traditional Stanford, Wesley and others.
The ethos of the current Director of Music is that the choir is there to support of the worship and liturgy of the church and that whatever is produced by the choir should be of the highest possible standard.
All of this musical offering to the church is well supported by the congregation and is supplemented by a fine two-manual Nicholson organ which is less than 20 years old, a very talented sub-organist and several organ students. For technical infomation on the organ, click here.