Choir Trip to Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School and the Cathedral Choir - April 2017

Posted on: 12/06/2017

The staff and students made us feel so welcome and gave us a full day of workshops and experiences enjoyed by all.  We had a tour of Wells Cathedral with a truly dedicated and knowledgeable guide and former Choir and House Master.  Armed with torches to illuminate the features of the gothic architectural style and many tales to tell, our enthusiastic guides explained how the cathedral tower was prevented from falling!  Mixing with students of all nationalities we had a delicious lunch back at Wells Cathedral School. 

Upon arrival we were greeted with a 50 strong mother and toddler singing session at the new Cedars Hall.  This was the venue for our workshops and activities all day with Chris Finch, who coaxed our choir into singing the Coldplay song 'Viva La Vida' at our very confident best.  He introduced us to stunning solo performances in many styles from opera to pop from Year 12 & Year 13 students from the Wells Cathedral School.  It was an honour to also sing alongside their younger students with the arranger of 'The Ash Grove' and 'Close Every Door' that we have been singing at GTS; Philip Lawson, composer and arranger from the world famous Kings Singers. 

The drum workshop in the afternoon trained us in the ways to play together as a samba band and was good fun, unleashing some inventive food-related rhythms!  We walked through the historic and picturesque streets towards the Cathedral again later, drinking in the sense of history and reverence. 

The charming cobbled, traffic-free street and ancient houses are for the Cathedral Choir and their families and often feature in period filming.  Once more enjoying the Cathedral, the young boy choristers were drafted in instead of that day's scheduled girl choir.  Their demanding rehearsal was swiftly followed by members of the public and foreign visitors arriving for the Evensong service.  This sounded beautiful and the magnificent Henry Willis organ (similar to our own Torrington Church Henry Willis organ) ushered us out into the quiet evening streets of Wells. 

What a superb day full of singing and musical events.  Thank you to Mr Robilliard and everyone else who arranged such a rich and fulfilling experience.  

- Ruth Ward

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