Our Lady’s Dowry: Chichester, Day 1

I have finally figured out the internet situation here at the hotel in Chichester, turns out you have to pay and then you can only connect in the lobby or bar so this is cramping my style a bit.

I’m coming down with something and it’s making it rather hard to sing so I think I’m going to take tomorrow off since I can’t let it get any worse. I’m following in the footsteps of a number of choir members so I’m hoping a day without singing will definitely help, it did for others.

This also means that tonight’s post will be rather short as I would like to get to bed very soon but before I do I’ll fill you in on our day.

The drive from Ely to Chichester lasted 4 hours (and a bit) but luckily one of our members had brought a DVD of a performance of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” so that kept us entertained for most of the trip. The performance was really great, I highly recommend getting some of them (especially if you can’t see them live). It was so nice seeing one of his plays with period costumes and the like, reminded me of how much I really enjoy his work.

The hotel is modern, I suppose it would be classified as a “travel lodge” in the States, but the facilities are all right and there’s a pool, so the kids are happy.

We had only 20 minutes between our arrival and when we needed to be at the cathedral for rehearsal. Unfortunately the cathedral is not within walking distance of the hotel so we take the coach over, our driver Alan (a wonderful man) followed us from Ely and is staying here with us. The cathedral is not nearly as large as Ely but it does have a better singing arrangement since we’re not so far apart from each other.

One of the things about the cathedral that struck me was how modern parts of it were. It seems it was an unfortunate victim of the 60s and 70s and there are a number of jarring pieces of art, including a “tapestry” behind the high altar. I’ll include a picture tomorrow when I have more time.

Evensong went quite well, there were a few minor missteps in the Psalms but nothing major. It was quite lovely.

So now we’re back at the hotel and eyelids are getting more and more heavy so I think that it is time for me to go. I apologize for the general tone, there’s much more I’d have liked to say but that will have to wait till tomorrow.

Prayers are welcome!

One thought on “Our Lady’s Dowry: Chichester, Day 1

  1. Ian, praying for you, that you would be able to finish well across the pond.

    Look forward to your return. You are very much missed by St. Stephen’s.

    Yours in Christ Jesus,

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