July 18-24, 2016

In July 2016, the St. Nicholas Choir and Schola Cantorum from St. Philip’s In The Hills completed a week-long residency at Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, England. Singing services at the historic cathedral was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience, which allowed the choirs to deeply participate in the ancient singing tradition of the English cathedrals and to connect with the earliest roots in the Anglican Church. Read about their journey herehere, and in the Fall 2016 issue of Arizona Episcopalian here (page 73).

English cathedral music has a written treble line that requires a unique sound, which cannot be duplicated by women’s voices. St. Philip’s has a strong Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) program with youth aged 10–18. Building on that program, St. Nicholas became the only treble choir in Arizona to travel to the UK for a cathedral residency. The St. Nicholas youth sang the most complex music with confidence, joy, and love of what they were doing. Fourteen youth sang the treble line; six young men with changed voices sang with ten adults in Schola Cantorum, who provided the alto, tenor, and bass lines.

We invite you to listen to the St. Nicholas Youth Choir and Schola Cantorum Adults, in these audio clips recorded in July 2016 immediately before the choirs’ departure.

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in b minor by T.T. Noble

And I Saw a New Heaven by Edgar L. Bainton

Pilgrim’s Hymn by Stephen Paulus