The English choral tradition, widely acknowledged as the lifeblood that turns cathedrals from silent spaces into resounding places of glory, will come to St Columb’s Cathedral on Tuesday, October 27, with a concert by Chester Cathedral Choir.
Directed by Philip Rushforth and with Benjamin Chewter, Organist, historic St Columb’s Cathedral will reverberate with some of the greatest music from the fourteenth century to the present day during the concert, which takes place at 1pm. The music will include pieces by Charles Wood, Charlotte Bray, Edward Elgar and Gerald Finzi.
Given a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014, Chester Cathedral is much sought after for concert appearances and continues the long-standing tradition by those at St Columb’s Cathedral and the Cathedral Culture Committee of welcoming high quality music and choral groups seeking a superior venue in the city in which to perform.
Chester Cathedral Choir and Nave Choir (the longest-serving voluntary cathedral choir in the country) rehearse weekly and, in addition to the daily worship of the cathedral, perform at least three concerts a year, record CDs, regularly appear on radio and television and undertake tours to other countries.
Their choice of St Columb’s Cathedral as one of their limited concert venues this year has pleased the Dean of Derry.
“We very much look forward to welcoming the choir to St Columb’s for what will be a wonderful lunchtime concert. We are delighted that the choir chose us as a venue and look forward to welcoming them next Tuesday.
“The concert is open to all those who love traditional choral music sung in a church setting. Chester Cathedral hosts one of the most extensive series of organ recitals anywhere in the country and recitalists from all over the world go there to perform, along with the cathedral’s own organists.
“We really are privileged and delighted to welcome them to St Columb’s Cathedral,” the Dean said.