Choir rehearsal at St Mark’s last night was one of the best in a while. We’re preparing for the Easter season so there’s lots of quite challenging but very rewarding music to brush up. Some of the best is for the Tuesday night of Holy Week and our Tenebrae service, which is my favorite of the year. We’ll be performing the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Lassus, kind of post-medieval so a little unusual to our voices and ears. The service itself is very moving, mostly candlelit and has plainsong psalms mixed in with the choral music, and becomes almost more like a concert than a service sometimes. It’s a very intense singing experience – the music demands that you are at the same time very relaxed and very focused, so I’ve found myself in an almost trance-like state at points which is quite amazing.

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