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As part of their Summer Tour, the choir of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, visited Ross-on-Wye to perform an evensong at St. Mary’s Church on Thursday, 2nd July, followed by a concert at Walford Church on Friday 3rd July. The choir were thrilled at the wonderful turnout at both events – both churches were nearly full!

On Thursday the choir led a traditional evensong as they would normally do on a Sunday in the college chapel. The Friday concert, however, was an opportunity for the choir to perform some of their favourite pieces from throughout the year, from early pieces by Weelkes’ Hosanah to the Son of David' to more modern pieces such as Lauridsen’s 'O Nata Lux.'

The choir enjoys the company of local member, Duncan Alston a former Head Boy at the John Kyrle High School, who persuaded the choir to include a visit Ross-on-Wye in their tour. The singers thoroughly enjoyed being joined by a current sixth former at JKHS, Stephan Turner along with The Voice Squad, a local youth choir run by Mark Sanderson. Their excellent singing gave the Oxford Students a run for their money and the evening culminated in a most stunning arrangement of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow.' Both choir and audience alike also thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful food and wine provided at the interval by members of the Walford Church.

Whilst on the tour, the choir have also sung Choral Eucharist in Granchester, Evensong in Birmingham Cathedral and a concert and Morning Worship in South Molton, Devon. Whilst not singing, the choir have been to Alton Towers, shopping in the Bull Ring, canoeing down the Wye and have enjoyed comparing curry in Birmingham and Ross! Despite some sunburnt knees and aching arms from canoeing and a broken down car, much fun was had by all.

The choir would like to thank everyone who supported us so well by coming to our Evensong and Concert as well as members of Walford and Ross churches who have helped in the organization of these events and the hosting of choristers.

The Voice Squad led by Mark Sanderson.

The choir of Corpus Christi College with The Voice Squad at Walford Church on Friday evening.
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