I’ve had another fantastic day in Cambridge. As regular readers know I sing in a church choir, which I love. As a result I don’t very often get the chance to hear choral music except on a recording. I’m going to start making an effort to hear it live more.
I attended sung Eucharist at St John’s College which was by the choir of St John’s and Gonville and Caius. It was beautiful. I’m not sure there is any other word to describe it. I loved that it was sung in Latin, the acoustic, the diction, the enthusiasm of the Directors of Music and the fabulous organ scholars playing. The whole experience was sensational. I had the chance after the service to meet Andrew and Geoffrey, the DOM’s of the choirs and chat with them about the music.
After the service we enjoyed a wander round the city in the sun. It looks so pretty in the sun.
Then we visited my favourite music shop, Millers. They have a fabulous range of pianos and I had a real treat, bring able to play a new £90,000 Bechstein. It was a joy to play and had a glorious sound.
The real reason was to look at organ music. I know I can get it online but it is far more enjoyable to look at it. I enjoyed spending my RSCM allowance on music which will help me with service playing. I bought four of the six Oxford Service Books for various liturgical seasons and will get the others soon.
Finally we headed to Pembroke College. The Director of Music, also Anna, had kindly invited me to watch the rehearsal and stay for the service. I picked up lots of conducting tips! I think it’s really interesting to hear and watch other conductors, especially when you can concentrate on the music and not what you’re singing. Evensong was beautiful and I’ve made note of the Anthem which I’d love to sing with our choir in church.
Straight after the service we headed home as tomorrow we’re to Lyme Regis for an organ day course!