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St. James Episcopal Church, New London, CT

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The Anglican Singers

A letter from our director, the Reverend Benjamin Straley:

Dear Supporters of The Anglican Singers,

I hope this finds you well in these late summer days. I also specifically hope it finds all of you healthy and safe. We have endured a trying time these past months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt everything from trips to the grocery store up to international travel and global economies.

The Anglican Singers, naturally, suffered impacts as well: our season was cut short, with rehearsals ending abruptly in mid-March and no immediate date in sight for a resuming of our choral activities. Perhaps most disappointing was the cancellation of our week-long residency at Worcester Cathedral which would have taken place August 10th through August 16th.

The members of our choir have continued to meet virtually over the course of the spring and summer, and at our annual meeting in June we discussed ideas for productive uses of time in the fall, until there is a time when we can rehearse and offer live music again safely.

Ideas for our time together on Zoom include vocal training sessions with professional vocal coaches or throat specialists, as well as some educational sessions on English music history (focusing on the choral tradition). We have hopes that we will be able to resume in-person rehearsal sooner than later, but the fact is that we just do not know when that might be.

We will keep you informed as information comes to us and are appreciative of your past and future support. In the meantime, please enjoy this musical memento* from a few years back, and watch for other updates or virtual music offerings from us in the coming weeks.

With much appreciation,

Benjamin Straley, Musical Director

*Richard Farrant, Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake

Of all the events of that (bicentennial) weekend, . . . it’s Evensong that sticks in my mind. The atmosphere in the church was quite magical, and I don’t think there could have been a better way to introduce the chamber organ to its new home. The choir did a wonderful job singing what was basically an unaccompanied service.

Benjamin Waterhouse, Organist , Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Quebec City, Canada

I made my way over to St. James Episcopal Church in New London tonight and heard “Lessons and Carols for Advent” with the Anglican Singers…. If you like choral music at all – or if you’re just curious – go see them, because they’re wonderful, truly a local treasure.

Edward Janusz, Music Blogger

The Anglican Singers added a great deal to the service. The group is committed, well trained and attentive to details,of diverse ages,(and) sings with a fine sense of musicianship and expression. Marianna Wilcox has trained her singers intelligently and thoughtfully, and they are clearly and thoroughly dedicated to the style of singing which their title implies.

Brian Jones, Director of Music Emeritus, Trinity Church, Boston, MA