The Abbey Gate College chapel choir had the prestigious honour of singing evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Singing to a congregation of several hundred visitors, this was the 27th year that the choir has shown its singing skills at the cathedral.
It was an opportunity for all 70 members of the choir to participate in such a respected setting, and for a number of year 7 and 8 pupils it was their first visit to St Paul’s.
The choir sang a setting of the canticles in F by George Dyson and the soloists were Ruby Hart (year 13) and Oliver Smith (year 11). The anthem was the Easter text, Blessed be the God and Father by SS Wesley. The treble soloist was Matthew Fesmer (year 9). A member of the congregation commented that the dramatic crescendo near the start of the anthem was spine chilling.
The organist for the service was James Kealey who is a former pupil of Abbey Gate College and now senior Organ Scholar at Royal Holloway College, London. In September he will take up the post of Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral.
Director of Music at Abbey Gate College, Stewart Smith, said: “It is always a privilege to perform at such a magnificent venue and one steeped in so much history as St Paul’s Cathedral. The children always represent Abbey Gate College wonderfully and we are delighted to have been invited back to perform again in 2017.”