It was a great delight to welcome back the Cathedral Choir on Saturday for the start of the new academic year. The packed service in the nave gave opportunity to welcome the newest members of the Music Foundation; the new Probationers - Samuel, Alice, Estella, Sophie, and Petra; three new Choral Scholars - David Bevan, Peter Dockrill, and Edmund Le Brocq; and not forgetting our new Senior Organ Scholar, Harrison Cole. We offer them the warmest of welcomes to Wells.
It was also a delight to congratulate the new Head and Deputy Head Choristers who all received their medals of office at the service; Ross and Erin, the new Head Boy Chorister and Head Girl Chorister; and Tom and Madeline, who were appointed Deputy Head Boy and Girl Choristers.
Last but certainly not least, we offer our heartfelt congratulations to those choristers who have passed their year's probation and were admitted to the choir as full surpliced choristers - Woody, Charlie, Gabriel, and William. Bravo!
On Sunday there was more cause for celebration as Mr Alistair Tighe, the new Head Master of Wells Cathedral School was installed during Evensong. The Cathedral Choir was joined by the school’s Chapel Choir and Brass Quintet. The massed forces joined together for the anthem, Parry’s ever-stirring I was glad - it was something spectacular and a wonderful welcome for Mr Tighe, to which we add our own heartfelt greeting.