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The BBC’s weekly broadcast of Choral Evensong on Radio 3 came today from St John’s School Chapel. The service was sung by the Girl Choristers and Lay Clerks of Guildford Cathedral, directed by the Organist and Master of the Choristers, Katherine Dienes-Williams, and accompanied by the Sub Organist, Paul Provost.
The choir were accompanied on the School’s new Hickson Organ, designed and built by Kenneth Tickell Ltd, which was installed in the summer of 2015. It is excellent that, within a year of the organ’s installation, it should have been given such high profile on national radio.
The service included music by James Long, Charles Stanford and Edward Naylor, and was attended by many members of the School and cathedral communities. A recording of the broadcast is now available for one month on BBC iPlayer.
It is not the first time that the BBC have visited St John’s. Songs of Praise was broadcast live from the School chapel in 1963; the service was led by the then Chaplain, and lessons were read by members of the School community including, among others, Field-Marshal The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.
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