A choir of young people from Connecticut USA is singing services at the Cathedral this week, whilst our own choir is away for the school holidays.
The choristers, from St Paul’s Church, Fairfield, are here with their musical director John Abdenour and they have been rehearsing in the Becket Chapel each day, before singing each evening (except Wednesday) and on Sunday.
They flew in to the UK last Saturday and visited St Albans and Cambridge over the weekend before coming to Peterborough to sing. When they leave us they will travel to London and sing two services of Evensong at Southwark Cathedral before returning home.
On Friday 29th July the choir will be directed by Barry Rose, whose long career in Cathedral music has included appointments at Guildford, St Albans and St Paul’s Cathedrals. St Paul's Fairfield Choir and Dr Rose have a long association, having organised an annual choir festival for select choirs in New York City and Connecticut for over twenty years. He is a great friend and mentor of the choir.
This is the choir's fifth tour of the UK, but the first that has taken them to this part of the world. “Peterborough Cathedral seemed a compelling place to sing,” said John Abdenour. “We are looking forward to worshipping and making music in this amazing space, and exploring Peterborough and the surrounding area.”