It was a delight to see such a large congregation present on Saturday to welcome back the Cathedral Choir at the first Evensong of the new choir year. The music was stirring, to say the least, with Jeremy Cole conducting the choir in performances of Herbert Howells’ St Paul’s Service and his wonderful anthem A Hymn for St Cecilia. We were also grateful to Gavin Plumley for his thought-provoking sermon.
The service gave opportunity to welcome the newest members of the Music Foundation; the ten(!) new Probationers - George, Elizabeth, Madeleine, Belinda, Oliver, Hannah, Aleksei, Sophie, Freya, and Natasha; two new Choral Scholars - Adam Fyfe (countertenor) and Horatio Carr-Jones (tenor), both of whom join David Bevan (bass) who has stayed on after joining last year; and not forgetting our new Sub-Assistant Organist, David Stevens; and the temporary Assistant Organist, James Gough. We offer them all 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; James and Meg, who become Head Boy Chorister and Head Girl Chorister, respectively; and Dan and George, and Carla and Sophie, who will become 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 - Estella, Elizabeth, Samuel, Petra, Shannon, and Ferdy. Bravo!