Wells Cathedral Residency
July 18 - July 24
The Choir of St. Paul’s, Burlingame, CA (Susan Jane Matthews, director) will be the choir-in-residence at Wells Cathedral, England in July 2022, at the close of the Choir School’s 15th anniversary season.
In this 2022 residency, from Monday, July 18 through Sunday, July 24, twenty-three singers from the Choir of St. Paul’s (boy and girl Choristers from age 10, Teens, Choir School alumni and adult Chancel Choir members) will be the choir for Evensong and also for the Sunday morning Choral Eucharist at Wells Cathedral. This magnificent Anglican cathedral dates from 1175, the first English cathedral built entirely in the Gothic style. The Vicars’ Close, where the men of the cathedral choir live and where boys and girls of the choir now also have their school classes, is the only completely medieval street remaining in England. The cathedral campus neighbors the exquisite grounds of the moated Bishop’s Palace.
A cathedral residency offers the Choir of St. Paul’s a unique experience of immersion in the daily rhythm of sung Evensong, becoming a part of this tradition dating from 1549 in the world-wide Anglican communion. The discipline of the preparations for the residency offers a profoundly enriching opportunity for each singer individually and for the choir. The joy of singing and leading worship at a cathedral for one week is a tremendous life experience. The Choir of St. Paul’s was in residence at Gloucester Cathedral in 2015, and now a new generation of choristers will have this experience in July 2022 at Wells Cathedral.
In addition to the focus of singing seven services in place of the cathedral choir, the itinerary for the choir will include a free Thursday, during which the choir will visit the Cotswolds, including the villages of Tewkesbury, Burford, and Bibury. In the other weekday mornings, the choir will perform in concert at Berkeley Castle and the Chapel of Wells Bishop’s Palace, and visit local attractions including Stonehenge, Stourhead Gardens, and Glastonbury Abbey and Tor.
A Friends of Music Dinner will be held at the Wells Bishop’s Palace on Friday evening, July 22 to which all St. Paul’s parishioners are invited. All services and concerts are open to the public. Contact Susan Jane Matthews, Director of Music, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Burlingame, Three Farewell Services will be sung by the choir with music of the residency:
Sunday, July 10 – 10am Choral Eucharist
Monday, July 11 – 7pm Farewell Evensong
Tuesday, July 12 – 7pm Farewell Evensong