• United Benefice Choral Evensong with Chester Cathedral Choir
    Published: Monday 05 October 2015 09:17:AM
    Author: Andrew Millinchip
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    As a frequent visitor to Choral Evensong at Chester Cathedral myself, it was a real delight to have the cathedral choir visit us at Whitegate! The cathedral maintains two groups of choristers who sing with the lay clerks and it was the girls' group who visited us on September 27th, including our very own Hannah and Emma Bloor, who can be seen in the St Mary's choir from time to time. The choir arrived at 4 o'clock in time for a rehearsal and were then treated to a tea provided by members of the men's breakfast group. One of the lay clerks commented that they were the best egg sandwiches he had ever tasted! The church was pleasingly full for the service which included a setting of the canticles by Thomas Weelkes and the Tudor theme was continued with an anthem by Richard Dering. Cathedral organist Philip Rushforth commented afterwards that he was particularly impressed by the organ, and indeed said that he could play on our swell flute for hours! Along with our Parish pilgrimage to the cathedral it is good to see these links being strengthened with our mother church.