June 24, 2018


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Sunday, June 24




The Adventures of the Chancel Choir @ Truro Cathedral

The Chancel Choir of First Church served as “choir in residence” at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, England in August 2017. While in Truro, the choir sang for the daily services at the Cathedral.  These choir residencies are offered to visiting choirs during the summer months, when the Cathedral Choir is on summer break.



Post-Truro Reflections

Two of our travelers have shared their reflections in these reports:

Barbara Chaapel

Stella Tsai


Day 5 - August 17

Morning: We went to Poldark Mine, forgotten about in the 1700's and discovered in 1969. It's named for the book series, Poldark. It was a fascinating look into the Cornish mining heritage, which perhaps could make a come-back.... Lots of fun old steam engines too!


Day 4 - August 16

Morning: We spent several hours touring the gorgeous Lanhydrock House, an immaculately restored Victorian estate with gate house, main house, stables (now restaurant), manicured gardens galore, and a small parcel of about 1,000 acres.
Evening: After a comfortable post-Lanhydrock break this afternoon, we gathered for rehearsal at the cathedral, going over both this evening's music and tomorrow's (which includes Andrew's setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, which Simon is conducting and Andrew is playing). Evensong had some of our best singing yet, especially Rheinberger's ethereal and sumptuous Abendlied. We all went out for a group dinner at two Indian restaurants (because we couldn't all fit in one!) and enjoyed exquisite curry flavors and wonderful fellowship.
from Andrew Senn: Tonight was the third (of eight) services we're singing this week. I feel this group has really started to meld into the routine, the way of life, which comes with doing this sort of cathedral strap. They gave some of their finest efforts this evening, and the heavenly Abendlied by Josef Rheinberger will, I'm quite sure, be one of the most memorable musical moments of our time here (I've listened to it about six times now, and am quite misty...). Thank you, choir, for being so fantastic.

Day 3 - August 15

Today was a full day around the cathedral and town. It began with a leisurely breakfast at the school, after which we rolled down the hill to rehearse for our concert of spirituals and Americana. We all dispersed for lunch before our program at 1pm. After gathering downstairs in our vesting area, we proceeded upstairs, and were warmly and enthusiastically welcomed by a good-sized crowd. There were many comments about how moving so much of the music was (spirituals aren't offered with any regularity in England). Following the concert we were treated to a guided tour of the cathedral, learning about Cornish history, the building of the gothic edifice, and interesting details about the architecture. In the evening we were back to sing a Solemn Eucharist for the Assumption of Mary, which is the cathedral's patronal festival. It was a truly memorable experience to sing Victoria's glorious Missa Vidi Speciosam in the liturgical context for which it was intended, and to receive communion kneeling at the rail of the high altar.


Hogan - Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel

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Day 2 - August 14

After a delicious and filling “full English” breakfast in the school dining room, the choir had a short rehearsal to review the lengthy psalm to be sung at Evensong later in the day. Our morning excursion was to Pendennis Castle, an historic fortification built by Henry VIII. Our tour guide Gita provided a thorough and humorous history of the castle’s tales. After a brief pause back at the school to collect our robes and music, we walked down to the cathedral. We were met by Kevin the Verger and Simon the Canon Precentor, who welcomed us very warmly. After robing up for rehearsal we made our first sounds in the glorious and resonant cathedral acoustics - bringing a beaming smile to everyone’s face! Our first Evensong was sung with warmth, musicality, and quite a bit of gusto. There was a magnificent cloud of incense during the Magnificat, as tonight was “anticipating” the Feast of the Assumption tomorrow (you can hear the chains of the thurible clanking on the recording!) After Evensong, we split into our various little groups for dinner - and the evening was finished with Monique, Calli, and Nick having an impromptu jam session with some local pub musicians.

Listen: Malcolm Archer Magnificat

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Some thoughts from Barbara Chaapel:

Wonderful to begin our first full day in Cornwall with an English breakfast and singing a psalm. A visit to Pendennis Castle in Falmouth steeped us in Tudor history and offered expansive views of the River Fal with fresh salt air blowing in from the sea. 
Our first entrance into Truro Cathedral for rehearsal was wondrous; the soaring architecture takes your spirit upward. We sang evensong joining the thousands who have sung the same words and music so many times before us in this place in worship of God. The individuals on our trip have begun to blossom into a community -during bus rides, eating fish and chips in the pub, and as we blend voices in song.