What a phenomenal treat the members of the Junior Saint James’s Singers @ The Croft were given on the stormy day of 28 October 2013, when they went to lead evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
The evensong was a huge performance for us and we had dedicated all of our rehearsals since September to learning the pieces. There were many hardworking Tuesday nights to get the choir sounding perfect, and there was extra practice to do at home too!
When we arrived at the magnificent St Paul’s, we were blown away by the whole experience! Everybody’s excitement was growing by the minute, and we couldn’t wait to explore the cathedral.
First we were taken for a tour, and shown many of the amazing and beautiful sights within the building; then we climbed 257 steps up to the wonderful ‘Whispering Gallery’. What a beautiful sight!
Unfortunately, we were not allowed to go right to the top of the dome as it was too windy. The dome was breath-taking with intricate patterns and paintings displayed on the walls and ceiling.
In the afternoon, we were allowed to practise in the Quire Stalls for the first time; the acoustics were fabulous and our voices echoed for several seconds around the dome, before finally fading away. We all gave a delighted giggle when our notes spun around as if they had no end!
We will all treasure the memory of singing evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral. Thank you so much to the staff at St Paul’s for giving us such a warm welcome and this once in a lifetime opportunity.