By 2018 Nathaniel Hone
The Hereford Cathedral Choir, for the ninth year running, held its Advent Service at the Guards Chapel in London. The Service was attended by TRH the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
HRH the Duke of Gloucester laid a wreath at the Special Air Service memorial at the start. What followed included the great Advent hymns - Veni Redemptory Gentium with the glorious melody by Michael Praetorius, Vox Clara Ecce Intonat to the tune Merton, Veni, Veni Emmanuel to the well know tune adapted from a French missal, Jordanis Oras Praevia to the tune Winchester New and Lo, He comes with clouds descending to the tune Helmsley.
We heard readings about the coming of Christ and the choir sang a number of advent carols that looked to the coming of the Messiah.
A very moving event.
The service is in support of the Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust which has to raise over £400,000 annually to support the cathedral choir, the education outreach work, the continuing fabric restoration programme and the cathedral's mission and ministry. there is much going on.