By 2018 Nathaniel Hone
Hereford Cathedral School held its annual carol service in Hereford Cathedral today. As one might expect, this was musical perfection. With the combination of the two institutions, now separate legally but rooted in the same inspiration, how could it be otherwise?
The congregation were invited to join in a rendering of the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah. The music was printed in the programme. Handel would have recognised it and, I like to think, would have been thrilled that so many people were prepared to give it a go so long after its first performance in Dublin on 13th April 1742. While writing, I was inspired to find out more. Here is a link.
The Bishop of Hereford gave the Address which emphasised that God is within all of us if we care to look.
HCF have an amazing number of choirs - Cantabile, the Cathedral Choristers, Colla Voce, the Chamber Choir, the Junior Choir and the Chapel Choir. All filled the Cathedral space with beauty.