Tonbridge School’s Chapel Choir had an unforgettable music-making experience at St Paul’s Cathedral

Tonbridge School Chapel Choir performed at St Paul’s Cathedral over the summer term, deputising for the Cathedral Choir on its day off during the early May Bank Holiday. The choir sang Choral Evensong, part of the daily routine of worship offered at the cathedral, in front of a congregation of more than 500 people.

Music included Herbert Howells’ ‘Collegium Regale’ canticles and John Ireland’s anthem ‘Greater love hath no man’. Choirmaster Julian Thomas says: “It was a unique experience for the boys to be making music in such a large space with resonant acoustics “.

The Kent boys’ day and boarding school has a strong reputation for music and is a Steinway School. Tonbridgians regularly continue their musical studies, with a number of Oxbridge organ and choral awards in recent years, as well as scholarships and places at music colleges and conservatoires. The Edwardian school chapel, completely restored in 1995, has an internationally renowned 4-manual organ built by Marcussen of Denmark.

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Further reading: School partnership for King’s Ely and Fairstead House