It was a musical feast. There was education: I didn't realize just how much William Byrd was shaped by John Sheppard. There was a vintage classic: Zadok the Priest, by Handel, was sung with vigor. There was a delightful solo, followed by a duet, sung by two boys - one eleven, one much younger. My personal favorite was the Henry Purcell, "Thou knowest, Lord". And the piece that provoked research (I looked up the words of the Auden poem "The Twelve: Anthem for the Feast of Any Apostle) was the William Walton composition for "The Twelve". It was a fabulous concert.
I am grateful to all those who worked so hard to host the Christ Church Cathedral Choir. Key people include Melesa Skoglund, Katherine Malloy, Jeffri Harre, and the volunteers who stood in the damp, cold weather making sure that cars were parked appropriately. A big thank you to you all.
It is lovely to have Dean Martyn Percy, the dean of the Cathedral and the Head of House, on the campus. This afternoon at 4pm in the Flamingo there will be an opportunity to hear from Martyn as we celebrate a collection of essays and a reader based on his work. Edited by Joshua Daniels and myself, Reasonable Radical is an critical engagement with the imaginative Percy projects. Do please come.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President