Forty pupils from Ipswich School’s Chapel Choir travelled to Manchester at the end of January to sing Choral Evensong at Manchester Cathedral. In a first for the choir, they also broadcast live on the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service at 9.45am on Monday 1 Feb, and then recorded the service that was broadcast the following morning.
The pupils and staff who form the choir on this occasion were from Years 9 to 13 at the school. Pieces they performed included Rutter’s For the Beauty of the Earth and Eccard’s When to the temple Mary went.
Sion Parry, Director of Music at Ipswich School said: “We were honoured to be singing at both Manchester Cathedral and then live on BBC Radio 4. The Chapel Choir enjoyed these performances, and anyone who missed the Daily Service broadcasts can listen to them on the BBC website.”
To hear the choir, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wzfs.
The Ipswich School Chapel Choir is one of Ipswich School’s flagship ensembles, and numbers almost 90 singers in total, mainly students with some staff members. The Choir sings for services both in the school chapel and at special events in Ipswich and elsewhere. Last October the Choir undertook its first tour of New York.
The Choir has sung evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral in London on a number of occasions, and over the past few years it has spent a week in October as resident choir in the English cathedrals of Salisbury, Winchester, Wells and Durham. The Chapel Choir has also performed in Switzerland, Poland, northern Germany, and Tuscany.