Wells Cathedral Choir has sung at a gala fundraising concert before Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the patron of the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust.
Trust chairman, Iain Ball, said that the evening at St James’ Palace in London in February was a great success. He said, “We are all delighted the trust’s royal patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex, was present on this exciting occasion and able to support the trust to raise funds for chorister bursaries.”
The choir, including boy and girl choristers and the Vicars’ Choral, the gentlemen of the choir, performed a selection of classical and contemporary works, like John Rutter’s hymn ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, ‘Gloria’ from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Coronation Mass and ‘Worthy is the Lamb’ by George Frederic Handel.
A total of 28 choristers, 12 Vicars’ Choral and 27 members of the Wells Cathedral School Chamber Orchestra performed at the gala.
The Dean, the Very Rev John Clarke, said in his gala speech, “Wells Cathedral and its Cathedral School has had a choir for more than 1,000 years.
“We were delighted last year when an international jury chosen by Gramophone Magazine named Wells Cathedral Choir the best in the world with children.
“At Wells we want to offer the opportunity to be a part of this extraordinary choral and musical traditon to as many talented young people as possible, regardless of the income of their parents.”