Historic and magical evening at Brecon Cathedral

Thu, 1 Mar 2018
Monmouth School Boys’ Prep Grange Choir and Monmouth School for Boys’ Chapel Choir.

Two Monmouth choirs joined together for the first time for a magical Choral Evensong at Brecon Cathedral. 

A choir of 75 children from Monmouth School Boys’ Prep Grange Choir and Monmouth School for Boys’ Chapel Choir shone in the medieval surroundings.

A large crowd of family and friends travelled to hear the boys sing music by CV Stanford, Will Todd and Robert Ashfield.

Director of Music at Monmouth School for Boys, Mr David Lawson, and Music teacher at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, Mr Joe Walton, were delighted with the evening.

Mr Lawson said: “It’s a great opportunity for the Monmouth School Boys’ Prep boys to sing music with parts for tenors and bases, which normally they don’t have the opportunity to tackle.

“For the older boys it meant they have a much bigger top line to support.  At the end of the Stanford, in particular, the sound was epic.”

In the past few years, Monmouth School for Boys’ Chapel Choir has performed in St Paul’s Cathedral, St Peter’s in Rome and at the Mezquite of Cordoba.

Headteacher at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, Mr Neil Shaw, said: “Hearing the two choirs together for the first time was spectacular. Their voices blended seamlessly.

“The acoustics in the ancient and beautiful Brecon Cathedral were superb and the Choral Evensong was very poignant.

“It was snowing outside which added to the magic of the historic occasion.”