Hereford Cathedral Choirs to sing at St Michael's Tenbury

Hereford Cathedral Choir will be singing a special Choral Evensong at St Michael’s College, Tenbury Wells, at 3.30 pm on Saturday 2 May for the Trustees of the Ouseley Trust. The Trust is gathering at the college as part of the celebrations marking the 190th anniversary of the birth of Canon Sir Frederick Gore Ouseley, founder of the college and one time Canon Precentor of Hereford Cathedral. Ouseley also had strong connections to the Three Choirs Festival.

 

‘We are delighted to be able to take part in this service,’ said Geraint Bowen, Organist and Director of Music at Hereford Cathedral, ‘not least as Ouseley was so instrumental in bringing significant changes to English choral music and its role in cathedrals.’

 

‘When he started to become involved in church and cathedral music, standards were at a very low ebb but, by his quest for excellence at Hereford and through his establishment of St Michael’s College at Tenbury Wells, he demonstrated what could be achieved and how services could be enhanced through high quality music. What we sing today at Hereford is, in no small way, based on his vision.’

 

The service, which is open to all, will consists of pieces specially chosen for their Tenbury connections, with works by Daniel Purcell, Thomas Tomkins and Ouseley himself.

 

For further information about the service or the choir please contact Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust (01432 374261: perpetual.trust@herefordcathedral.org).

PHOTO: Canon Andrew Piper, the current Precentor of Hereford Cathedral, and two current choristers, with a bust of Sir Fredrick Gore Ouseley