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On February 22nd, the Chapel Choir of Thomas Hardye School travelled to London to sing Choral Evensong at King’s College, London. The occasion was, of course, Ash Wednesday, and despite only a small audience due to many potential attendees away for reading week, the visit was a great success.
The singers performed exceptionally well, beautifully executing a programme which included, amongst other pieces, Stanford’s ‘Magnificat’ and ‘Nunc Dimittis’ in C Major, and ‘Sleep’ by Eric Whitacre, which stood as the anthem of the evening. The atmosphere in the service was surreal, and the singers’ efforts were accentuated by organ accompaniment, great acoustics, and the chapel’s wonderful eccentricity, complete with gold and red pillars. The response from the audience was a very positive one, with one member of the audience commending the choir’s “sublime” sound.
An obvious highlight of the trip was certainly its destination, and the singers were excited to be performing in London from the very moment the visit was announced. Despite a fairly busy schedule, the choir took advantage of free time as they explored nearby Covent Garden and enjoyed its shopping and dining opportunities.
Upon arriving at King’s, the singers were welcomed by former Thomas Hardye students currently studying music at the university. They presented a very informative talk, giving the singers a very good insight into their experiences of university and life in the capital. There were also opportunities to ask questions and discuss the benefits of studying music as a higher education subject.
Overall, the visit was highly enjoyable, and an unforgettable experience for all who participated.