The choral scholars of Wells Cathedral (Adam Fyfe, David Bevan and Horatio Carr-Jones) joined their fellow scholars from Bristol, Worcester, Exeter, Truro, Gloucester, Hereford and Tewkesbury Abbey in a ‘virtual evensong’, recorded assiduously over the lockdown to raise funds for the Cathedral Choirs Emergency Fund.
Broadcast on Tuesday 28th July, the virtual service included two new compositions; an introit by Paul Mealor, ‘Lead me Lord’ and an anthem by Roxanna Panufnik, ‘Let all the World’. The latter work has the scholars singing in 20 different languages!
“The English choral tradition has been maintained throughout the lockdown with great invention on the part of my many colleagues in the national cathedral community. I feel honoured to play a role in promoting it’s return and salvaging such a vital part of our collective heritage. As scholars in particular, we have benefitted greatly from the knowledge, experience and comradery handed down through generations of this Cathedral choir, and it will take more than a lockdown to stopper our desire to see that continue.”
David Bevan, Choral Scholar at Wells Cathedral
In what is a testing time for the English choral tradition, this project is a wonderful testament to the dedication of our young musicians to Cathedral music.
To donate to the Cathedral Choirs Emergency Fund, visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/scholarsevensong.