Away days and tours
In addition to regular duties in the Cathedral, the choir has sung services and concerts in a variety of locations, within and beyond the Diocese, and is occasionally booked to sing at weddings.
We had the honour of singing at the Memorial Service for Prof 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.
On 11 September 2011 we sang a special Evensong and concert at St Faith’s Maidstone, remembering “9/11” on the 10th anniversary of those attacks, and as a mark of respect and support for our many friends in the United States, particularly the various parishes and congregations who have kindly hosted us on our four tours to America.
We have often sung Advent and Candlemas services in the village church at Hartlip, and in 2014 we sang for Candlemas for the first time at Chevening Church.
The Christmas “Carols by Candlelight” service at St Faith’s, Maidstone is a regular annual feature.
We sang concerts in 2013 in All Saints, Wouldham; St George’s, Gravesend; and St Dunstan’s, Cranbrook.
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 weekends in January 2012, 2013 and 2014 at Norwich Cathedral, where one of our former members was then the Organ Scholar (now Assistant Director of Music at Newcastle Cathedral).
We were invited to sing Evensong in the Chapel of Selwyn College, Cambridge, in February 2015, and were honoured to have Doug Tang (formerly Organ Scholar of King’s College) to play for us.
And in May 2015 we sang 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 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].
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, accompanied by our then Precentor, Canon Dr John Armson.
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. For this tour we were joined by our then Canon Pastor (now Bishop of Lynn), Jonathan Meyrick.
Our third US tour took place during the Easter vacation in April 2005. We were based for 10 days 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.
Our fourth and longest tour (a week) to Germany was in August 2009, when we mostly based in the Ahr Valley.
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 turned into almost three weeks, including an unscheduled extra week in Edmonton, Canada, as a result of the Icelandic volcano eruption.
In August 2015 we spent a another week in Germany, beginning and ending with High Mass in Aachen Cathedral, and spending the intervening days in the Eifel/Mosel area.