Once again, the Schola Cantorum of English Martyrs was pleased to accept an invitation to sing Choral Evensong with the Choir of Leicester Cathedral on Friday 20th January as part of the week of prayer for Christian Unity.
The service of evensong in the Church of England is based on the ancient monastic prayer of "Vespers" which by the time of the reformation in England was already an office set to elaborate choral music.
This tradition continues in the Church of England today and evensong is a series of sung psalms, canticles and hymns sung by the choir lasting about 45 minutes. Much of the music for this service was composed by a nineteenth century Irish composer who worked in Cambridge, Charles Stanford. There were solo opportunities for students Thomas Good, Victoria Malone and Joseph Reilly, all of whom showed great professionalism and musicality in their respective solos.
A particular highlight was the opportunity for all the musicians was the opportunity to sing the setting of the English Martyrs' school prayer, "Lord Jesus Christ, make me a better person..." which was written for the Fiftieth anniversary of our school two years ago by composer Simon Lole.
Our thanks go to our incredibly committed students who have worked hard since the start of term to be ready for this occasion and to the young people of the cathedral choir and Dr Johns, Director of Music, for their hospitality.
The evening ended with a well deserved choir trip to Pizza Hut.