Cathedral Choir Residency - Bristol Cathedral
July 28 - August 4th 2019
The Cathedral Choir will travel to Bristol, England to serve as the Cathedral Choir for the week of Monday, 28th July to Sunday 4th August, 2019.
English Cathedral Choirs traditionally sing evensong every day throughout the year. In order to give their choir a summer vacation, it has become routine to have visiting choirs come fill in for a week at the time.
While we are in Bristol, the Cathedral Choir, will sing daily services in the Cathedral. Thursday is the “dumb day” for the Cathedral, and services are spoken (no music).
Evensong is at 5:15 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Evensong is 3:30 on Saturday and Sunday, and Holy Eucharist is 10:00 am on Sunday.
Monday July 29th:
Tuesday July 30th:
Visit town of Bath and tour of the Roman baths
Wednesday July 31st:
Tour of Berekely Castle
Thursday August 1st:
Friday August 2nd:
Saturday August 3rd:
Free day in Bristol to explore
Sunday August 4th:
No excursion (the day will be filled with church) ending with a farewell banquet dinner at the hotel
(More detailed itinerary information with times is available
from Jason Overall.)
Our accommodations will be in the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel. It has a beautiful old-world exterior, but inside the rooms are thoroughly modern and to American tastes. All rooms are en suite. The hotel is directly adjacent to the Cathedral, thus only a few minutes’ walk. The hotel has a couple of modern elevators, but there are no ramps or elevators in the Cathedral. The hotel has an elaborate indoor pool with hot tub.
Breakfast is provided at the hotel every morning. Most lunches and dinners are on your own (not included in the overall price).
Bristol is a mid-sized, thriving city with many attractions, restaurants, and bars within a short walking distance to the hotel. There is an interactive children’s science museum across the street from the hotel. We will have a fair amount of unstructured time, particularly in the evenings. You are encouraged to explore the city and enjoy the visit.
Also in Bristol is the church of St. Mary Redcliffe. It was famously described by Queen Elizabeth I as “the fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England.” When we visited Bristol last summer, we met the musicians there, and they raised the possibility of hosting our choir for a noontime recital. We will let you know more about this possibility as we have details.
Please contact Jason Overall with any questions.