August 21, 2015
This entry was written by Mary Ann Morgan, a friend of Dr. Bruce Glenny who accompanied the choir in their residency
Not being a member of St. Peter’s, I have the privilege of a different view of the choir in their London residency. Being a theatre professional, I understand collaboration, professionalism, and hard work. That is what I see here from Bruce and the choir.
I have observed the rich musicality and challenges of presentation each day. Despite the many hours of home rehearsing, many more details need to be attended to in order to present a successful Evensong in the new environment of a cathedral of immense proportions. Correcting the volume of both choir and organ along with the precise diction changes each day due to different musical choices is all part of the work of Bruce and the choir.
Something that is interest to view from the choir stalls is the effect of the music on the tourists. They may not be involved in the religious aspect of Evensong, but they become silent and, one can judge, thoughtful from the music presented.
I personally feel the faith of the service. Listening to the responses, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, and the anthem all make me aware of the power of music in a house of God.
This is an enriching experience for me, and watching the choir daily, I can tell it is for them also. St. Peter’s is represented in the very highest way through this music service, and the church can be proud to have such faith and musicality on view in these great cathedrals.