"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
100 at Chelmsford Cathedral
In the largest
event of the worldwide celebrations of Benjamin Britten's 100th
birthday, thousands of young people from Australia to the USA
performed his Friday Afternoons set of songs.
Cathedral hosted choirs from St Cedd's School and the Cathedral
Primary School, as well as its own choirs, under self-confessed
“Britten nut” James Davy, the Master of the Music.
Some of the songs
were performed by the choristers alone – they first performed them
back in May – such as Eleanor Farjeon's Jazz Man, or Cuckoo!,
beautifully phrased. For others, the three choirs joined as one –
There Was A Monkey, and A Tragic Story [the Thackeray trifle about
the sage and his pigtail].
School brought two songs celebrating Britten's love of nature, and St
Cedd's contributed a jazzy setting of Now Thank We All Our God by
Alexander L'Estrange, himself once a chorister …