This entry was written by Bobbi Wade
Today we got acquainted with our new venue, Saint Paul’s Cathedral. And what an extraordinary place it is!
This staircase may look familiar to Harry Potter fans. It can be found at Saint Paul’s and it exemplifies the extraordinary grace and linear beauty of the interior of the building.
The exterior of Saint Paul’s is so massive that I found it impossible to stand back far enough to fit the entire facade into one photo. The current cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, architect and mathematician, and built between 1675 and 1710. Its predecessor had been destroyed in the Great Fire of London, giving Wren the opportunity to design what is considered to be his masterpiece. There has been a cathedral dedicated to Saint Paul on this site (the highest point in the city of London) for more than 1400 years. Wren’s design created soaring spaces elegant with the geometric beauty of columns, capitols, arches and vaults.
A Victorian rehab of the Quire and apse brought glittering mosaics to decorate the interstices of Wren’s clean vaults and the interment of the Duke of Wellington began a tradition of burying and memorializing British heroes at Saint Paul’s.
Our choir worked very hard today to honor the centuries-old traditions at Saint Paul’s with appropriate pomp and circumstance and good music!