Choir return to Chapel Tower for Ascension Day

Posted on: 12 May 2018

The Choir were delighted to return to the top of St John's College Chapel tower for the Ascension Day Carol Service, the first time since restoration on the tower began in 2013.

After a Sung Eucharist service in the Chapel attended by students of St John's College School, the clergy and Choir ascended the 163ft tower (the tallest building in Cambridge) to perform the hymns 'The Lord ascendeth up on high' with music by Michael Praetorius (known to us as the Ascension Day Carol) and 'Eternal Monarch, King most high' with music by Percy Buck.

We were thrilled to be joined for the service by a team from the Press Association, who took drone footage of the Choir as they performed which can be viewed here.

To hear more about our Ascension Day tradition (which dates back to 1902), here's Choral Student Benedict Flinn to explain:

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  • Responses: Tomkins (Peterhouse)
  • Psalm 109 (omit vv. 5-19) (Barnby, Hylton Stewart)
  • Stanford in B flat
  • MacMillan: O give thanks unto the Lord
  • Hymns 341, 461 (tune: Corvedale)
  • Preacher: Professor Deborah Howard - Professors Professing: The Human search for God - Architecture
  • Voluntary: Allegro Maestoso (Sonata in G) - Elgar
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