July 14 – The St Albans Bach Choir and the Sinfonia Verdi orchestra

Organ practice

Hello from Medieval Mosaic

The day at St Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church started with organ practice which can make talking to visitors very challenging as you have to raise your voice so that they can hear you but be ready to instantly lower your voice when the music stops otherwise you are yelling. We have become quite good at it as there are lots of organ practices.

There was a brief interval and then the choir and orchestra practice began for the concert this evening. The St Albans Bach Choir and the Sinfonia Verdi orchestra performed Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’ at St Albans Cathedral at 7.30 pm. The choir was wonderful and I walked into the nave to listen for a while. I have never heard this music before but it is done in a similar style to Handel’s Messiah with an orchestra, a choir and four soloists. Rachel Nicholls was the soprano, Anna Harvey, the alto, Ed Lyon, the tenor and Gareth Brynmor John, the baritone.

The conductor was Andrew Lucas. Andrew Lucas has been Master of the Music of St Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire since 1998, after previously working at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.  He has been the conductor of the St Albans Bach Choir since 1998 and was Artistic Director of the St Albans International Organ Festival, as well as directing four biennial festivals and their intervening concert series.

At St Albans Cathedral, he is head of a large and diverse music department which now includes four choirs and a parish orchestra. He has taken the cathedral choir on tour to Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, USA and France. The choir has also broadcast frequently on radio and television and made four CD recordings. Andrew was the artistic consultant for the restoration of the Harrison & Harrison organ in the cathedral, which was completed in 2009.