This weekend the local RSCM Chamber Choir (St Albans, Hertford and Bedford Area) will practise for their forthcoming Evensong in St Albans Cathedral on Saturday 25th February at 4pm.  30 singers drawn from choirs in Herts and Beds will be put through their paces in Preces and Responses by Philip Radcliffe, Herbert Howells Evening Canticles in G and Walton’s wonderful unaccompanied masterpiece Set me as a seal.  I’m conducting with Claire Cousens (DoM Rochester Grammar School) at the organ.

I enjoyed three years as a pupil of HH (pictured) whilst a student at the RCM and his Mag and Nunc in G has a supremely nostaligically English feel to it. Psalm 81 and a Wesley hymn complete the Evensong package.