Nine members of the St Nicolas Church Choir in Itchingfield joined about 200 other Sussex church choristers to sing an Evensong service at Chichester Cathedral on Saturday 2nd May.
Organised by the Royal Society of Church Music, of which St Nicolas is a member, the format was taken from a festival service booklet put together to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, called ‘thy kingdom come, thy will be done’.
Following several practices at Mags Fisher’s house, and 2 under a choir leader at Haywards Heath Methodist Church and St Wilfrid’s at Bognor Regis, we were eager for the real thing.
Everyone enjoyed an intense afternoon practice under the leadership of the newly appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers Charles Harrison, followed by the annual dash across the road for tea and cake in the High Street. By 5.30pm we were robed and ready and the congregation was seated behind the choristers.
The service included the lovely melodic and gentle anthems ’Walk Humbly with our God’ by Malcolm Archer and ’God be in my head’ by Philip Wilby.
‘There is a higher throne’ by Keith and Kristyn Getty and ’There’s a wideness in God’s mercy’ by Maurice Bevan were two particularly memorable hymns.
Sharing our love of singing with so many other choristers in such a lovely cathedral was a really rewarding experience.
If you think you might be interested in singing with us in the choir for our regular church services and the special occasions, do please get in touch on 01403 790717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Report and picture contributed by Mags Fisher, Choir Mistress, St Nicolas Church, Itchingfield.