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Born a Nottinghamian, I've been living in Norwich for the last eight years or so. I had come up to Nottingham after hearing the sad news of Mary Partington's passing: the Partingtons were such an influence on my childhood that it was important to me to be at the funeral. After the service, I had the chance to speak with a few members of the choir, many of whom I'd not seen for many years. By coincidence, I found the choir were due to sing the weekend services at Norwich cathedral on the weekend of 18th-21st August. Peter said they were short of a first bass, and would I like to join them. Having not sung with the choir for almost 15 years, this was an opportunity I could not turn down. Even more so as in all the years I'd lived in Norwich, I'd never sung in the cathedral. With fond memories of Kendrick Partington's famously wonky typewritten choir notices, I did notice that times had changed: Peter emailed me the music and details, and apparently all the timetables and music lists are now circulated on Google calendar. (I couldn't help but notice a flourish of iPhones and Blackberries from choir members at the merest mention of a new date or event.) The weekend started with rehearsal on Friday afternoon in the recently built Song School: a fantastic modern structure of oak columns and glass walls, perfectly complementing the Norman cathedral and early 14th century cloisters. A wonderful facility, even if the automatic window controllers did seem to have a life of their own. Evensong on Friday, Saturday and sung Eucharist and evensong on Sunday were very well received by the congregation and clergy. Filling Norwich cathedral with the serene tones of Bruckner's 'Os Justi' was certainly a highlight for me, the peak leaving a three second echo ringing into every corner and crevice of the building. Memories of how to interpret the pointing of psalms soon returned to me, which was just as well as we didn't leave Norwich short of them that weekend. Under Peter's training and direction, we made the poems a joy to sing and hear- a fact that did not go unnoticed by the Dean! It was truly a joy to be singing with a choir that was such an important part of my childhood, and in a cathedral and city that now means so much to me today. Even though I left the choir 15 years ago, it felt like only yesterday and I felt very welcome back into the family that is St Peter's Choir.
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All Saints' Church - Raleigh Street, NG7 4DP
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