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Evensong Choir of Great St Mary's, the University Church, Cambridge

Tuesday 13th February

17:15 - 18:15

Description:Choral Evensong is held in the Quire of Wells Cathedral and is sung by the Wells Cathedral Choir during term time. This service is open to the public and all are welcome.

Great St. Mary’s Church, known as ‘The University Church’ is a Parish Church in the Parish of St Mary-the-Great with St Michael. It is located in the heart of the City and has a long association with the University of Cambridge. It is open every day, and welcomes visitors, worshippers and pilgrims, who seek solace and fellowship within its walls, a beautiful view from its tower, or to learn about the history of the church in its Heritage Education Centre. The Church is also abase for the Chaplaincy to University Staff. There has been a church on site since at least 1205, and the current church building dates from 1478, with the imposing tower completed in 1608. Through the Church’s dual role as a Parish church, and church to the University of Cambridge, as such, it has always attracted musicians of the highest calibre both from within the University and outside. The church also boasts two fine pipe organs (one of which, The ‘University’Organ, dating from 1698, is an important repository of pipework by ‘Father’Bernard Smith), which are often used together for special services.

The Choirs of Great St Mary’s are a body of over one hundred singers in several subgroups,including a Junior Choir, a boys’ treble section, a girls’ treble section, a smaller chamber choir of girl sopranos, and a mixed alto, tenor and bass section of adults and boys.  The traditional adults-and-boys (originally men-and-boys) choir has existed since at least the mid-nineteenth century. The Girls’ Choir was founded in 1989,making it one of the oldest Church or Cathedral Girls’ Choirs in the United Kingdom. Every year, members of the choirs undertake a tour. Previous destinations have included Prague, Liverpool, Belgium, York, Barcelona, Normandie, Hereford, Tewkesbury, the Netherlands and Heidelberg, and the group is delighted to be singing in Salisbury and Wells Cathedrals in February 2018.The Choir is conducted by Samuel Hayes, who studied at the University of Cambridge,the University of Uppsala and the Conservatoire Camille Saint-Saëns, Paris, and Benedict Todd, who studied at the Royal College of Organists, UK, and has recently completed a Doctorate in Composition from the University of Bristol.

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