Some of our LV (Year 10) singers visited Trinity College, Cambridge on 12th-13th May, with a view to finding out more about Choral Scholarships at Cambridge.
Elan, Daisy and Charlotte each prepared a piece to sing at an informal pre-audition to the Director of Music, Stephen Layton, and sang alongside Trinity College Choir during the rehearsal for Choral Evensong. They grappled the challenging repertoire admirably: the canticles were from the Service in A by Stanford, the anthem a Byrd motet called Quomodo Cantabimus, and the responses by Leighton. After the rehearsal, they enjoyed an organ recital by Simon Johnson, Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, followed by the service of Choral Evensong itself. The preacher was Cressida Dick CBE QPM, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service; she spoke on Good Policing within the context of a sermon series on the issue of Good Society.
After the service, supper was served in the College’s Dining Room, where we were overlooked by a painting of Trinity’s founder, Henry VIII. We also managed to fit in an exclusive viewing of the College’s Wren Library, where girls were able to view items belonging to some prominent former Trinity students: a manuscript A A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, and a lock of Sir Isaac Newton’s hair. The trip was an immersive experience for these young and talented singers, who commented that it was ‘an honour to sing there’, and an ‘amazing experience’.
Mrs Rebecca Cavill, Director of Music