Choir Tour Update: The Final Round-up

For our final blog post, Director of Music, Donald Hunt, provides his thoughts and pulls together the high points of the Cathedral Choirs’ first ever UK tour.


Here are the other updates with reflections and photos from the choir members and tour participants:


Choir Tour Day 9: Winding up in Windsor

A former boy chorister himself, Chris Thackray has a keen sense of a tour's lasting effect on a choir's "esprit de corps." He walks us through the final day, concluding with Evensong at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.


Choir Tour Day 8: Out of Chaos, Calm

Choral Scholar Sihana Dorfsman contrasts London's hustle and bustle with the calm of the Abbey's daily prayer offering.


Choir Tour Day 7: Like Carnegie Hall for Choristers

Head Chorister Nate discusses his experience making it to the big leagues: singing Evensong in Westminster Abbey


Choir Tour Day 6: Mar sin leat, Edinburgh! (Good bye Edinburgh!)

Assistant Director of Music Mark McDonald recaps the choirs' busy day singing services, and his adventures trying to get to London on time! 


Choir Tour Day 5: New Inspiration in Old York

Cathedral Choir member and Chorister Program patron Marilyn Gough reflects on our day trip to York.


Choir Tour Day 4: Sights and Sounds!

Cathedral Choir member Bob Fraser takes you on his day around Edinburgh.


Choir Tour Day 3: Ghost Tours and so much more.

Young Chorister Finn had a very exciting day!


Choir Tour Day 2: Arthur's Seat and Dancing Feet

Cathedral Choir bass Kyron Basu tells us about his day climbing Arthur's Seat and trying out some local dance moves!


Choir Tour Day 1: And we're off!

Donald Hunt reflects on the first day of the choir tour:



Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts! Thanks to your help, 30 adult singers, 23 young choristers, and 22 family members will be headed to the UK in under a month for a truly immersive experience in the Anglican Choral Tradition. As they add their voices to the round of daily sung services in three important places of pilgrimage, this group of 75 travellers will return with renewed energy and a fresh perspective on their ministry in Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria. With our departure right around the corner, here are some itinerary highlights:

Monday, July 3

  • Departure from Victoria Airport, with changes in Vancouver and Toronto

Tuesday, July 4

Wednesday, July 5

  • Morning rehearsal

  • Visit the Camera Obscura chamber of illusions

  • Sing Choral Evensong

  • Scottish Country Dancing lesson

Thursday, July 6

  • Open-top bus tour of Edinburgh

  • Admission to Edinburgh Castle

  • Sing Choral Evensong

  • Ghost Tour!

Friday, July 7

Saturday, July 8

  • Daytrip (via train) to York to hear the choir of York Minster

Sunday, July 9

  • Sing Cathedral Eucharist and Choral Evensong in St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh

  • Take the train to London

Monday, July 10

Tuesday, July 11

Wednesday, July 12

Thursday, July 13

  • Return flight to Edinburgh

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