Forty-nine members of the Groton School Choir performed in some of the United Kingdom’s grandest cathedrals over spring break, during a School trip that included Evensong services and master classes, as well as traditional Scottish breakfasts and sightseeing.
Flying to London and heading immediately to Edinburgh, Scotland, students lifted voices first at St. Mary’s Cathedral there, then at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow. In England, they performed at the renowned St. Paul’s Cathedral, a 17th-century masterpiece by British architect Sir Christopher Wren. Alumni, parents, and other members of the extended Groton family who were in England attended the concert and a reception afterward. The Groton choir joined with St. Paul’s young boy choristers to perform Stanford’s “Beati Quorum Via,” a baccalaureate tradition at Groton. At St. Paul’s, Groton students also got a special behind-the-scenes tour, which included a glimpse of a staircase used in the Harry Potter movies.
After St. Paul’s, the choir next sang at Christ Church at Oxford University, where Groton Director of Choral Music Christopher Hampson was an organ scholar. The group also sang at King’s College in Cambridge, which Hampson called “the most amazing acoustic space I’ve ever been in.” In another trip highlight, Groton students rehearsed a piece for their spring concert with its composer, Andrew Gant.
You can learn more about the experience through the trip blog.
On April 21, the organist of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Simon Johnson, will give a recital at Groton.