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Join our virtual choir to celebrate our Cathedral and city

You are invited to take part in the virtual premiere of The Salisbury Anthem, an anthem of hope and consolation that mar

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Join our virtual choir to celebrate our Cathedral and city

Posted By : Roz Mitchell Wednesday 6th May 2020

You are invited to take part in the virtual premiere of The Salisbury Anthem, an anthem of hope and consolation that marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of Salisbury Cathedral.

Originally planned as a performance in the Cathedral on Foundation Day (28 April), the premiere was cancelled due to lockdown and has since been re-imagined as a virtual performance, led by the Cathedral Choir (all singing remotely) with Salisbury Cathedral Director of Music, David Halls, conducting (remotely).

The Salisbury Anthem is a song for a place, our place – the Cathedral and the city of Salisbury - and we want it to ring out across a virtual space that defies any lockdown, crosses borders and reaches into hundreds of homes, at home and abroad. The anthem will be released online on 31 May as part of the Salisbury 2020 Big Weekend, a special programmeof online activities created by Salisbury 2020 partners.

Salisbury Cathedral Liturgy and Music Manager and the project coordinator, Andrea McDermott said:
“The process is relatively simple. All you need is a device that can record video, like a phone, iPad, tablet or computer, then follow the instructions that have been uploaded to the Cathedral website along with a guide soundtrack and words. You don’t have to be a fabulous singer, just someone who wants to celebrate our Cathedral, past, present and future. Every voice counts.”

This is a community project, open to all. Anyone can join the virtual anthem chorus, adding their voice to this unique, global premiere, and becoming part of the Cathedral’s history. Singers just record themselves, send their recording in and the Cathedral’s tech wizards will do the rest.

The Salisbury Anthem was composed by James Morgan and Juliette Pochin, using extracts from a poem by Henry D’Avranches that was written at the time the Cathedral was being built. The refrain that our Anthem chorus will sing is below:

Happy the one who lives to see this done!
This church completed, finished with such care;
A shining effort, built for everyone;
Though built by kings, a place that all may share.

The poem was originally composed in medieval Latin but has been translated into modern English by Dr Francis Young, a specialist translator of medieval and early modern Latin texts.

Sign up to sing along - click here for instructions

For any other enquiries or further information contact: Marie Thomas at Salisbury Cathedral m.thomas@salcath.co.uk 01722 555148.