Chorale returns from England
WILMORE, KY—On May 21, the Asbury College Chorale packed their bags and flew to England where they were invited to be the resident choir at Gloucester Cathedral. The Chorale sang during the Anglican Evensong services every night, and performed two concerts at Bath Abbey and Christ Church in Oxford.
In addition to residing in Gloucestershire for the week, the group traveled to Wales to see Cardiff Castle and Stonehenge. They also visited the London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Salisbury Cathedral, Kenilworth Castle, the Roman Baths, the Gloucester Cheese Roll, and Stratford-upon-Avon – the town where Shakespeare was born.
After returning on May 31, Dara Miller, a junior of Lebanon, Pa., explains that hearing the music resonate around the cathedral was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “You're singing praise to Jesus in a cathedral where you feel like the music just lifts right up to his ears. He has blessed us with the gift of music and we, in turn, can bless Him. I just think that's awesome.”
Many of the students who participated in the trip believe that the experience shaped their group into a more cohesive, unified Chorale – one that experienced a new kind of worship while singing in the cathedral.
Kensi Techau, a junior of Cynthiana, Ky., describes how the singers grew together as they worked to adjust to such different acoustics and musical styles. “Dr. Bell and Bob Kirkpatrick taught me to appreciate the sacred music and texts that we were singing, as well as the style of worship in itself. I think we all learned to appreciate and reflect on worship in a new way through singing at Gloucester Cathedral.”