This Summer’s choir tour sees the the Priory Choir sing the round of services at Coventry Cathedral from Wednesday, August 7th to Sunday, August 11th.
They will sing Evensong at 5.15 Wednesday to Saturday and on Sunday they will sing at 10.30 am The Cathedral Eucharist and 4.00 pm Choral Evensong.
Previous choir tours have seen them sing in Gloucester Cathedral, St Albans Cathedral and Peterborough Cathedral.
Like St Mary’s Priory Coventry Cathedral was once home to a Benedictine community . The cathedral itself was badly damaged in the blitz during World War II, and has subsequently become a centre of reconciliation. The wooden cross and the cross of nails were created after the cathedral was bombed. The cathedral stonemason, Jock Forbes, saw two wooden beams lying in the shape of a cross and tied them together. A replica of the wooden cross built in 1964 has replaced the original in the ruins of the old cathedral on an altar of rubble. The original is now kept on the stairs linking the Cathedral with St. Michael’s Hall below.
Follow the choir on tour on their blog
Wednesday 7th – EVENSONG
Canticles: Ireland in F
Anthem: Evening Hymn – Balfour Gardiner
Thursday 8th – EVENSONG
Canticles: Howells – Collegium Regale
Anthem: Geistliches Lied – Brahms
Friday 9th – EVENSONG
Canticles: Wood No.2 in E flat
Anthem: My soul there is a country – Parry
Saturday 10th – EVENSONG
Introit: O nata lux – Tallis
Canticles: Pratt – Academia Musica Service
Anthem: They that go down – Sumsion
Sunday 11th am – EUCHARIST
Setting: Faure – Messe Basse
Motet: Christus factus est – Bruckner
Sunday 11th pm – EVENSONG
Introit: The world and its desires – T B Pratt
Canticles: Stanford in B flat
Anthem: Expectans Expectavi – Wood