Current and former students of English Martyrs were performing this weekend in two of Cambridge University's most distinguished colleges. On Saturday, Liam Leonard conducted Bristol University Symphonic Winds at a concert in Trinity College Chapel, a glorious building completed during the reign of Elizabeth I.
The concert was given in conjunction with Cambridge University Music Society, and the Bristol musicians included Alice Wright – now in her final year at Bristol – on clarinet. Our warmest congratulations to Liam and Alice for such a successful and prestigious event.
On Sunday evening, English Martyrs' Schola Cantorum were invited to sing Evensong in Selwyn College Chapel – a return visit for Schola to this magnificent late-Victorian building. Under Mr Carney's direction, Schola sang music by Orlando Gibbons and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford – both composers with very strong links to Cambridge University – as well as Simon Lole's setting of our own School Prayer. In the candlelit chapel, Schola distinguished themselves with some outstanding singing, accompanied by organist Andrew King. Soloists included Thomas Good (treble), Victoria Malone (soprano), James Upton (alto) and Joseph Reilly (bass). The College generously provided a reception and supper afterwards, and a number of parents and supporters came specially for this memorable occasion. Our thanks to them and, especially, to Canon Hugh Shilson-Thomas (Dean of Chapel), Sarah MacDonald (Director of Music) and all at Selwyn who made our visit such a rewarding occasion.