Singers from more than 20 cathedrals join forces for virtual service
Cathedral Music Trust has brought together 40 cathedral singers from across the UK, including Brecon Cathedral, for a digital recreation of the ancient service of compline, aiming to bring peace and solace at a time of continued isolation and lockdown.
The digital service features Rev'd Lucy Winkett, Harry Christophers CBE, Roderick Williams and Eddie Redmayne, and will go live tomorrow (Thursday, 18 March) at 8.30pm on www.cathedralmusictrust.org.uk.
Brecon Cathedral Choir's Peter Fletcher is one of the singers taking part.
"During lockdown I have much appreciated the technology that has allowed me to play and sing with musicians from all over the country. I'm sure the technique of remote recording will continue, alongside live performance and conventional recording, long after the pandemic has ended," he said.
Compline is an ancient form of night prayer going back over a thousand years. Literally meaning ‘completion’, it is a service of contemplation and reflection for people of all faiths and none to mark the end of the day.
This virtual presentation of compline marks the premiere of three brand new commissions by leading composers: Together in Unity by Bob Chilcott, Nunc Dimittis by Joanna Marsh and Te lucis ante terminum by Paul Mealor.
Chair of the Cathedral Music Trust, Peter Allwood, said: ‘The UK’s choral music tradition is unsurpassed in the world today. As we seek to recover from the challenging experience of this COVID-19 outbreak, we hope this very special service brings peace to many and, through your generous donations, enables us to assist our choirs in continuing to share the joy of music with all who wish to listen or participate. I would like to thank the singers, composers, leaders and editors who have generously given their time for this worthy cause.’