We have recently returned from a short trip to Florence and Sienna – a concert and two services were punctuated by a fascinating tour of the renaissance architecture of Florence by an expert choir member, excellent food and good company.
It was a rare treat to sing in two fascinating churches – St Marks Florence and St Peter’s Siena with music ranging from Peter Aston, Faure and Stainer through to Byrd and Gibbons. Wherever we went we were ably accompanied by our host, St Mark’s organist Peter Shepherd.
Sunday Eucharist at St Marks, at which ECS sang alongside the regular church choir a, was followed by a private visit to the church by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Some of our choir members caught a glimpse from the pavement outside (photo Petra Sleeman):