Choristers make pilgrimage to Lincoln Cathedral
Choristers to make pilgrimage to Lincoln Cathedral this summer
This summer, July 8-15, several of our youth and adult choristers, together with choristers from Saint Mary’s, Arlington, and Saint Andrew’s, Burke will make a pilgrimage to England where they will be the resident choir at Lincoln Cathedral for the week, as well as sing services at Sheffield Cathedral and St. Botolph’s, Boston. Most Cathedrals in England have an adjoining cathedral school and during school holidays, visiting choirs are invited to be the resident choir. Lincoln Cathedral has had a tradition of daily worship since 1088, one in which our singers will take part. It is the third largest cathedral in England, whose most famous director of music was William Byrd. During our residency we will have the honor to sing daily services, experience Anglican music in one of its original settings, grow musically and spiritually, visit castles and other historic sites, and develop lasting friendships. Our Lincoln Cathedral residency is an opportunity for shared experiences and growth; musical and personal, learning, exploring, fun and fellowship, in short, “an opportunity of a lifetime”.
Over the course of this year, the Lincoln Pilgrimage Choir has sung several Evensongs around the area in preparation for our residency. The Choir is led by both our Minister of Music, Dr. Ben Keseley, and by Dr. Gregory Hooker, Minister of Music at Saint Mary’s. The group will be accompanied by Mr. Aaron Goen, Director of Music at Saint Andrew’s. We hope that you can join us for our final preparatory Evensong at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday, June 21 at 5:30 pm. We hope you can attend to lend your support to our choristers who have been preparing for this pilgrimage and hear some of the music we will offer while in Lincoln.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Ben Keseley, Minister of Music