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Cathedral scholar returns

Updated: Aug 26, 2022

A former Norwich Cathedral choral scholar is returning to sing in the cathedral this weekend. Alex Bower-Brown, 24, said that the camaraderie at Norwich was very special, and the scholarship provided a “brilliant platform for his singing career".

He is now on a year’s scholarship with Thames Philharmonic Choir from SW London, which is singing the cathedral’s choral services from Friday to Sunday evening while the home choir has a holiday break.

TPC is directed by one of Britain’s foremost young conductors, Harry Bradford, 26. Bradford was a choral scholar at the Chapel Royal (the ‘monarch’s choir’) and BBC male chorister of the year at the age of 13, and later a King’s College scholar. He recently came second in a prestigious Eric Ericson award for young conductors, and was the youngest finalist in the International Competition

for Young Conductors in Paris, 2019. James Orford, the Choir’s accompanist, a distinguished pianist and organist, and currently Head of Organ at Eton College, will be playing the organ.

Take any one of the weekend’s services for an exhilarating choral experience, or go to all of them for a wonderful journey through the Anglican tradition from its beginnings with plainsong polyphony (“beautiful and transcendental”, says Harry), to the glorious melodic lines and harmonies of the Renaissanceand the stirring anthems of the 19thand early 20thcenturies.

Above: Former Norwich Cathedral choral scholar Alex Bowen-Brown returns this weekend to sing in the choral services. His hair is rather longer now!

Left: TPC Director Harry Bradford singing at the Queeen’s Platinum Jubilee thanksgiving service. He and the Choir are standing in for the home choir at Norwich Cathedral this weekend.

Here’s the line-up:

Friday evensong 5.30pm

William Byrd Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

Richard Farrant Lord for thy tender mercy’s sake

Saturday Evensong 3.30pm

Herbert Sumsion (1899-1995)Magnificat and Nunc Dimittus in A

Charles Wood (1866–1926) O Thou the Central Orb

Sunday Communion 10.30am

Harold Darke Communion Service in F

Giovanni Croce (1557-1609)O Sacrum Convivium

Sunday Evensong 3.30pm

George Dyson (1883–1964) Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924) For Lo I Raise Up

Gilly Cameron-Cooper

29 July 2020

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