On Wednesday 27th February, members of the Chapel Choir had the incredible opportunity to visit Windsor Castle and sing in their evensong service.
The day started off with the journey down to Windsor, and we arrived at the beautiful castle with the sun shining. We had the opportunity to tour the castle with audio guides, and with its stunning rooms brimming with famous paintings and the most impressive interiors it was impossible to not be amazed by the history it contained.
We were then led down to the ancient dungeon to rehearse – this really was a unique opportunity to sing in the exact place where up to 165 prisoners would have been kept up until the civil war in 1651! After another rehearsal we entered the magnificent St. George’s Chapel, the historic building where many royal weddings have taken, including the recent union of HRH Prince Harry and Megan Markle. Everywhere you turned there was more intricately designed decoration, and the whole building seemed to have been painted with gold! The chapel itself was entirely beautiful, and it was a massive privilege to have been allowed to sing there.
The service opened with the preces and responses, led by the amazing Mr Thompson, and continued smoothly through with some well-known choral music such as the exciting Magnificat by Brewer. The choir sang confidently throughout alongside Mr Coleman doing a brilliant job on the organ as always and we were all incredibly proud when we finished with Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart.
It was a really enjoyable and fulfilling trip, and we are extremely grateful to Windsor Castle, Mr Bowley for conducting and Mr Coleman and Mrs Reece who facilitated such a wonderful experience for all of us who were involved. We are also honoured that St. George’s Chapel have asked us to return, and we hope that this is something that can happen soon in the future.
Paige Broadhurst (Q) Year 12