OUT & ABOUT
In addition to its regular duties in the Cathedral, the choir has sung services and concerts in a variety of locations, within and beyond the Diocese.
We have often sung Advent and Candlemas services in the village church at Hartlip, and the Christmas “Carols by Candlelight” service at St Faith’s, Maidstone, and are occasionally booked to sing at weddings in various churches. This year (2014) we sang for Candlemas for the first time at Chevening Church.
Concerts during the past year have been given in All Saints, Wouldham and St George’s, Gravesend.
We had the honour of singing at the Memorial Service for Dr David Fussey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich and a founder-member of this choir, at St Nicholas, Southfleet, in February 2000.
We feel very privileged to have been allowed to sing Anglican Evensong in Aachen [Roman Catholic] Cathedral in Germany, and in the [Episcopal] National Cathedral in Washington DC.
AWAY-DAYS & SHORT BREAKS
In January 1997 we sang Evensong in the Chapel of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where one of our former members was Organ Scholar at the time.
Later the same year we spent a weekend in Würselen, Germany, where we sang Bach’s St John Passion (with our own chamber orchestra and soloists). The Youth Choir based at the local grammar school there (directed by one of our German members) took the part of the “congregation” and joined us for the Chorales. This exercise was repeated in March 2007.
In 1998 we spent a weekend in Bristol, where we sang in St Mary Redcliffe and the Chapel of St Monica’s Home.
In February 2012 we sang Evensong in Worcester College, Oxford, where three of our members have sung in the Chapel Choir.
We sang for the Epiphany weekend in January 2012, 2013 and 2014 at Norwich Cathedral, where one of our former members is currently the Organ Scholar.
In February 2014 we sang a Candlemas service in the parish church at Chevening.
Most recently we were invited to sing Evensong in the Chapel of Selwyn College, Cambridge, in February 2015, and were honoured to have Doug Tang (King’s College) to play for us.
In May 2015 we are to sing Evensong at St Lawrence, Mereworth.
We have spent three separate weeks in residence at Exeter Cathedral while their own choir was on holiday: in August 1996, April 1999 and most recently in April 2006.
Our first major foreign tour was in October 1998, when we spent ten days singing in the Pacific Northwest and on the East Coast of the United States. We began in Seattle [Washington State], then moved southwards to Tacoma and Olympia. Mid-week we flew back east to Washington DC, then sang in Richmond [Virginia] and finished in Salisbury [Maryland]. (Click to read the story of this tour: USA Tour 1998)
In August 2000 we spent a long weekend singing in churches in and around Aachen, Germany, including Anglican Evensong and a Sunday morning Mass in the Cathedral.
We returned to the United States in October 2002, when we sang in St Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta, Georgia; three Episcopal parishes scattered across North Carolina (Rocky Mount, Winston-Salem and Blowing Rock) and finished with a weekend in Charleston, South Carolina.
Our third US tour took place during the Easter vacation in April 2005. We were based with our friends at the First United Methodist Church in Rochester, New Hampshire (who spent a week singing with us in Rochester UK in April 2004), and we sang in the Episcopal churches of Christ Church Exeter, All Saints Peterborough, St Paul’s Concord and the Chapel of St Paul’s School in Concord, the Congregational Church in Plymouth (all in NH) and in the Cathedral in Portland, Maine. To read the story of this tour, click here: USA Tour 2005.
Our fourth and longest tour (a week) to Germany was in August 2009 (see here: Germany 2009).
Our most recent tour was to the Seattle area of Washington State in America’s Pacific Northwest in April 2010. What should have been a 10-day tour ended up as almost three weeks, including an unscheduled extra week in Edmonton, Canada, as a result of the Icelandic volcano eruption (see here: USA 2010).
Plans are being finalised for a tour to Germany in August 2015.