The DCPS Chamber Choir visited the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral
in the Trinity Term to sing a concert entitled ‘Reflections’. 45 minutes of
music was beautifully performed, the first section of which included
AlexanderL’Estrange’s Panis Angelicus, Bob Chilcott’s The Lily and the
Rose andIrish Blessing and Kim Andre Arnesen’ s Cradle Song. The
complicated fourpart writing was beautifully balanced and controlled by
After a thrilling flute solo from Molly Godfrey, the choir sang three
movements of Faure’s Requiem, arranged for treble voices. The Pie
Jesu solo was sung by Lucy Humphreys and the Libera Me by Niamh
Allen.Chloe Dunwell’s lyircal violin solo, Ashokan Farewell, preceded
the finalthree pieces, which fittingly concluded with Don Besig’s As Long
As I HaveMusic.
A good number of friends and family, alongside people visiting the Cathedral for the day, gave a rapturous send off to the choir, who cheekily interrupted it with a fast and furious encore – a sillyfour part version of the nursery rhyme This Old Man –
which left the audience laughing.
It was a very special opportunity for these girls to sing in such a fine acoustic. Pupil, Emily Cox (12) said, “It was so nice to sing in the Cathedral. The sound just carries on and it feels so easy”. Niamh Allen (13), after her solo begged, “Please can we do that again. It was so much fun to sing all of that music in such an amazing space”.
To end the visit, the girls couldn’t resist a look around the Cathedral, climbing up a
windy spiralstaircase to visit the newly opened Tribune Gallery and then trying to
spot all of theHogwart’s corridors in the Cloisters. Sadly, Harry must have been in
the Chamberof Secrets as he couldn’t be found. We leftwith lots of lovely
comments, including”magical”, “emotional” and one of the very friendly stewards
said, “We were thebest visiting choir he had heard this year.”
What a very special day!