In the absence of the Abbey Choir the Liturgical Choir from Saint Martin in Roath were delighted to accept an invitation and sing Choral Evensong on two evenings in July 2014 at Westminster Abbey.
Some 30 people from the parish travelled to London to be present in the Abbey with our Choir. We were all so very well received and welcomed by the Abbey Staff. It is really a most welcoming place and community. The Dean and his Staff were present and so very accommodating and helpful. The Choir were highly praised and offered an open invitation to return to the Abbey in the future. Such recognition and encouragement for these young people in the Church was much appreciated.
On both occasions the congregation that gathered for Choral Evensong were able to sit in Choir and in the Choir Transepts as well as the Nave of the Abbey Church. Over a 1000 people were present over these two evenings. This bears witness to the love and appreciation of the Anglican Choral tradition by so many. The Dean told me after Evensong that these numbers are usual at the Abbey through the course of the year.
It was a pleasure to sit in that most famous of Churches and pray the Office that was so well sung by our own Liturgical Choir. For this occasion one of our Senior Choral Scholars, Nathan Harrison set to music some liturgical words O nata lux de lumine Jesu Redemptor saeculi – O light born of light, Jesus Redeemer of the world. This was sung as the Introit.
We were all accommodated just across the Thames from the Abbey at the former County Hall. On the first evening we gathered for a parish dinner which was full of laughter and fun. The next morning and into the early afternoon we took time out to explore London, do some shopping before returning to the Abbey.
Our thanks to Tim Hill and the Liturgical Choir, to Daryl and Andrew for sorting the transport and accommodation.
Saint Martin in Roath at Westminster Abbey
The Liturgical Choir