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Diocesan Choral Festival

posted 24 Aug 2014, 08:50 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 24 Aug 2014, 08:51 ]

This year, for the first time, I took part in the Diocesan Choral Festival in St Andrew’s Cathedral in Aberdeen on 11th May.  I managed a couple of the rehearsals in Banchory – what a joy it was to sing in a group of such enthusiastic and talented singers. I wanted to join in, as I had heard that we were singing Parry’s “I was glad” as the introit, and I have never sung that before. We also sang one of Stanford’s wonderful settings for the Magnificat and the Nunc Dimittis, and the anthem – Blessed City, Heavenly Salem. 15 or so gathered each Saturday late afternoon for note practice, and then gathered at the cathedral with choirs from all over the Diocese, and the cathedral choir for a last rehearsal with the Conductor, Professor Andrew Morrisson, before the service.

I had enjoyed the practices with a piano, but what a wonderful difference the cathedral organ made, played by Ed Jones. Over 80 singers were involved, and it took some time to process in to the congregational hymn, “Christ is made the sure foundation”. All the works were linked to the Centenary Celebrations for the cathedral and the renovation project.

When the Parry started, I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck tingling with delight and they stayed that way for most of the service. The whole experience was one of praise and worship, and also friendship and fellowship, and I will certainly be going again.

Sue Burgess