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Parish Choir Holiday 2011



The choirs of St Peter’s have arranged annual singing holidays at most of the major cathedrals in Great Britain for more than 50 years. This year was no exception with the Parish Choir singing at Durham Cathedral from 25th to 31st July, while the cathedral’s own choir was taking its summer break.

The choir stayed in at Durham University’s St Aidan’s College which is located on a hillside across the River Wear from the cathedral.

From Monday to Saturday there was a morning music rehearsal at the college and then free time until rehearsal in the cathedral just before Evensong. Sunday is always very busy and we sang two morning services, returned to St Aidan’s College for Lunch and then back to the cathedral for Evensong.

Those present agreed that this years Choir Holiday was excellent and we thank Andrew and Mike for their expert musical leadership.

Music at Durham Cathedral.

We sang a varied repertoire of music at the Services:

Daily Responses: Herbert Sumsion

Monday Evensong Psalm 94, Setting in B minor - TT Noble, Give us the wings of faith - Ernest Bullock

Tuesday Evensong: Psalm 119 (145-152 and 169-176), Setting in F major - George Dyson, O Thou the central orb - Charles Wood

Wednesday Evensong: Psalms 128, 130, Setting in A major - Samuel Arnold, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace - SS Wesley

Thursday Evensong: Psalm 138, Setting in A major - Herbert Sumsion, Greater love hath no man - John Ireland

Friday Evensong Psalm 143 (1-11), Setting in C major - CV Stanford, Ave Maria - Jacob Arcadelt

Saturday Evensong: Psalm 149, Setting in B flat major - John Stainer, Save us, 0 Lord - Edward Bairstow

Sunday Matins: Psalm 80, Te Deum and Jubilate in B flat major -  CV Stanford, Rejoice in the Lord alway -  John Redford

Sunday Sung Eucharist: Communion Setting in F major - Harold Darke, View me Lord - Richard Lloyd

Sunday Evensong: Psalm 85, Setting in E major - Herbert Murrill, The Heavens are telling - Joseph Haydn

Choir Holiday attendance

Choirmaster: Andrew Burr

Organist: Mike Cheetham

Sopranos: Elizabeth Briggs, Kathryn Cook, Janet Gallagher, Jean Harter, Susanna Heard, Barbara Hughes, Hazel Marron, Tina Raymond

Contraltos: Alison Syner, Cathy Thorton-West, Diana Heard,  Yvonne Bangs

Alto: Charles Bithell

Tenors: David Bithell, David Briggs, Nicolas Harrison, Sean Martin, Trevor Stephens, Mike Thompson

Basses: John Syner, Ken Cottam, Stephen Swinfin, Tony Heard, Leon Stephens

The Parish Choir Holiday in 2012 will be at Winchester Cathedral from 30th July to 5th August.

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Official choir photograph ©: Edd

Durham Cathedral from the River Wear ©: Trevor

Nave columns ©: Trevor

Choristers in contemplation ©: Sean

Lunch in Crook Hall courtyard ©: Trevor

Top of the tower ©: Nicolas

After dinner at St Aidan's refectory ©: Nicholas

Castle and cathedral from Crook Hall garden ©: Trevor