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Grace under pressure, Llandaff Cathedral 9-10 August 2014

Posted on 7 September, 2014 at 10:20

August usually spells a break from rehearsals, but this year Spectrum was booked to house-sit at Llandaff Cathedral while its resident choir was away on vacation.

Spectrum’s cohort of singers was smaller than usual due to the silly season, but ably assisted by a number of peripatetic choristers, with minimal rehearsal time, the choir pulled together two Choral Evensongs and Choral Eucharist over the weekend of 9-10 August, supported by Llandaff Parish Organist, David Thomas, who made magnificent use of the recently restored organ.

‘The music went down really well with all the clergy and members of the congregation with whom I spoke. I think our deputies enjoyed themselves, and though it wasn’t an easy situation, the choir sang well,’ commented Dave Hutchings, Spectrum’s musical director, who also played the final organ voluntary, a Bach Prelude in G.

It was a poignant moment when Canon Holcombe, who took two of the three services and has a long association with Spectrum, remembered the late Stuart Edwards in his prayers, acknowledging that the last time the choir sang at Llandaff, he was directing the music.


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