August 20, 2015
This entry was written by Joan Warnick and Pat Harvey
Today was our third Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral. We finally corrected our few minor mistakes of protocol. We were complimented by the Verger for finally getting it right!
This morning was a free morning for all. Many who saw As You Like It at the Globe Theatre last night slept in this morning. Others chose to shop or wander the city, and a small group travelled to the Harry Potter Experience in Watford.
Pat Harvey went to Watford with Katie Franz, Becky Dempsey, and Peter Kreek. “No story lives unless someone wants to listen.” – J.K. Rowling
Pat describes the Potter outing this way:
This morning’s Harry Potter experience started somewhat like Harry’s first day at Hogwarts. Instead of a flying car and triple-decker Knights bus, we ventured via a cab, train, and double-decker bus to the Warner Brothers London Harry Potter Studio.
With tickets in hand, we worked our way into the greeting area followed by the screening room. There, our guide asked if it was anyone’s birthday. A young 10- or 11-year-old boy stepped forward, and to his surprise, he was given the honor of opening the doors to the Great Hall. Feeling like 10- year-olds ourselves, we proceeded through the Great Hall and into the open studio, visiting various sets: the Gryffindor Boys’ Dorm and Common Room, the Invisibility Cloak, Dumbledore’s Office, and the classroom with self-stirring bubbling pots, the Weasleys’ house, Hagrid’s Hut, Diagon Alley. Our tour ended in the room containing a full Hogwarts Castle and site model which the artist built 1:24 scale and filmed against a green screen. (Photos will follow.)
Walking along the Thames River is also a popular activity. It helps relieve the stress from lengthy rehearsals and daily Evensong performances. Getting extra sleep has also been highly encouraged by our director, Bruce Glenny.
We have two more Evensongs at St. Paul’s and one at St. Martin-in-the-Fields on Sunday before we pack and head home on Monday.
Pat’s comments about accompanying us:
I have known and lived the intensity of time and commitment required of all choir members to prepare for a residency when I accompanied Don [Harvey, her husband, a longtime chorister now in God’s nearer presence]. As a non-choir member, this trip provided me the opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal and see the technique and discipline required first hand. I was only there for 30 minutes and was exhausted when I left! It is an awesome and spiritual experience accompanying the choir during this residency at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral!
I too have felt that this residency has been a truly inspiring and spiritual journey. It is an extreme honor to sing with my fellow musicians in these great places of Anglican worship!