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Choir arrives 7 days late for wedding!

The boys of Dunstable Priory Choir have recently returned from singing in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. They were invited to sing the services for four days, from 19th to 22nd October, while the chapel’s own choir took a well-earned Half-term break following singing at Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding in October and Prince Harry’s in May.
The boys, aged from 10 to 14, were joined for the first three days by the ‘back row’ men, but on the last day had a chance to sing on their own, filling the building with the sound of Faure’s ‘Pie Jesu’.
As well as rehearsing in the dungeon [complete with stocks, for anyone singing out of tune!], the boys had a privileged view of the Changing of the Guard on the Saturday morning.
On the Sunday afternoon the choir sang composer John Joubert’s ‘O Lorde the maker of al thing’ with words by Henry VIII, standing less than a meter from his tombstone.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t a chance to sing in front of the Queen, as she only attends the chapel on Easter Day and for the annual Garter Day Service [and, of course, for royal weddings.]
Riley [aged 12] said: “Singing as a chorister at St George’s Chapel was a once in a lifetime experience. Not only did we sing there in the same year it hosted 2 royal weddings, but we explored ‘behind the scenes’ where not many people are allowed to go…. I’ll put it on my CV.”
For Kieran [14], this was his final appearance with the boys: he is now singing with the men in the ‘back row’ of the choir.
The choir are hosting a ‘Be a chorister for an afternoon’ on Saturday 19th January. Boys in Year 2,3,4 or 5 are invited to spend an afternoon with the boys, finding out what it’s like being in the choir. If you would like to book a place, please contact the Director of music, Laurence Notley:  notleylaurence@gmail.com  or 07720 762275.

SAT, Dec 15, 2018

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