Choir hits 150 years

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Chester Cathedral Nave Choir, who are reputedly the longest continuously serving cathedral voluntary choir in the country, will be celebrating 150 years since their founding.

Their first service was held on Advent Sunday 1867. The inaugural service was greeted with enthusiasm if the report in the Chester Chronicle is to be believed. “A literally overflowing congregation assembled … there was a congregation of some 2,000 persons … while crowds were unable to gain admission”. Praise is given to the choir, who “acquitted themselves remarkably well in their performances”

As the Nave Choir approach their 150th anniversary, plans are afoot for an exciting year of musical celebrations. The choir will continue their Sunday evening service singing with the addition of Sung Vespers to run alongside Sung Compline.

On November 26th there will be a 'festal compline' to mark the start of the year; on the 6th of June the Naves summer concert will be held at Chester Cathedral. This will be with chamber orchestra and might feature a new composition for the Nave Choir to mark the occasion. This will be followed by a year of events designed to celebrate voluntary music in the Cathedral. Former members are invited to get in touch with Paul Stockbridge stockbridgepaul@gmail.com