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Chapel Choir sing at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Friday, 7 April 2017

Thanks to choir member Amelia Gabaldoni (2015, English) for the following article.

On Sunday 2 April, literally thousands of Oxford University students flocked en masse to London. Admittedly, this was for the 163rd Boat Race, but about 30 current members and alumni of the College’s Chapel Choir found themselves instead at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square to sing choral evensong, performing Lloyd’s ‘View Me Lord’, Harris’s ‘Holy is the True Light’ and Noble in B Minor to a far larger congregation than we are used to. You can listen to a short extract in the video below.

Following an afternoon spent rehearsing in a room further underground than the church's crypt, we were welcomed into the main chapel (and sunlight) to rehearse with the organ before the evening’s service. At the start of the service, as a nod to the ‘other event’ happening that afternoon, the congregation were invited to pray for the success of the Oxford crews, which seems to have worked for the men’s boat at least….

In addition to the day’s successful musical exploits, it was wonderful to see so many alumni back either supporting the choir or singing with us, and the choir hopes that many more reunions like this will happen over the coming months and years.

Choir group photo at St Martin-in-the-Fields