British Cathedrals’ regular choirs go on summer holidays, but the religious services still need good singing, so they invite choirs from abroad. London’s historically and architecturally amazing St Paul’s Cathedral last weekend had the good fortune of splendid singing by the Seattle Epiphany Parish choir for four church services. My wife and I (who had been married in the Epiphany Chapel) attended the long and musically complex Sunday morning Eucharist Service.
St Paul’s, hugely wide and long with immensely high ceilings, requires powerful singing, which the Epiphany choir fully and effectively provided in the hymns, liturgies, and a long and complex anthem during the communions. Their liturgical participation very skillfully supported the service priests.
The congregation was gigantic – vastly bigger than Epiphany, an Episcopal Parish Church in Madrona, could enclose. Supporters and members of Epiphany Church were along on the trip and pilgrimage, including choral performances in Durham Cathedral. That large London congregation was obviously appreciative of the visiting Seattle choir.