A Note From Choirmaster Andrew Lewis
Dear Friends of the St. Luke’s Choir,
Many of you will remember that St. Luke’s Choir served as the choir-in-residence at the Cathedrals of Gloucester and Lichfield in July, 2016. This was the first England residency St. Luke’s had done in many years, and it was an incredible, life-changing experience for all. It was not long after our return that we began discussing another trip.
I am thrilled to announce that St. Luke’s Choir has been accepted for a second residency, this time at Wells Cathedral this coming July. The Cathedral city of Wells is located in Somerset, United Kingdom, about 20 miles southwest of Bath. The Cathedral dates from the 12th century and is considered one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in all of England.
Why a residency? A residency is a chance for us to grow and challenge ourselves as a choir – to learn new music, refine old favorites, and improve as an ensemble. Singing together on a daily basis and traveling together as a group will make us a far stronger community and better choir. Additionally, singing for daily services at Wells will give the choir the opportunity to experience the roots of our Anglican tradition, and to sing the music of that tradition in the place for which it was conceived. We will have the opportunity to travel beyond Wells to sight-see during the week, and we will also experience the life of that city, and of the Cathedral, on a day-to-day basis.
This endeavor is not an inexpensive one, and next month we will hold a major fundraiser, a concert and High Tea event, to help defray the some of the expenses, particularly for our young choristers. I hope you will join us for this wonderful event.
I am grateful for the dedication and beautiful singing of St. Luke’s Choir, and for the ongoing support of the congregation of St. Luke’s and the larger community.