The penultimate day of any choir trip can be considered as the day before the madness begins. Sunday is always a busy day, with two or three services, not to mention the fact that you have to pack up and leave.
At today’s service I had my own loyal fan club present – Mum and Auntie Jane, who took the opportunity to explore the Treasurer’s House during the day, whilst Dad and Uncle Tim took themselves off to look at trains (off course!).
After the service, the Dean hosted a drink in the Chapter House for us, as a thank you for singing during the last week. We were very pleased to be encouraged to come to the Minster and sing again in the future. Always a good sign! We also had the opportunity to listen to a little (very little, as we were leaving) bit of an organ recital by Dr. Francis Jackson, yet another well known York ex-chorister & organist, who is now in his nineties (and looking pretty sprightly when we saw him coming to rehearse the other day).
Responses: Grayston Ives
Canticles: Daniel Purcell in E minor
Anthem: Ave Maria, Parsons
Oh yes, and I sang one of the solo parts in the Danny Purcell. I made a bit of a crap job of it though, thanks to nerves and a bunch of frogs having a party in my throat (this last I blame on the copious quantities of incense which were being wafted around).