Congratulations to Alicia Fielding Camacho, Caroline Walcot and Karalyn Gardner, of St Andrew’s Church of Scotland in Brussels, for passing the Voice for Life Silver Medal exams.
If you are interested in doing a Voice for Life Bronze or Silver Award, please let us know.

Call for singers – Ripon 23-24 July 2016

A group of singers known as Cantores Willibrordi (so named because of the connection between St Willibrord, Ripon and Luxembourg) will be singing in Ripon Cathedral over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July. The choir will be directed by Alan Carlisle with Gordon Appleton as organist. We are looking for singers in all voice parts. Singers will be responsible for arranging their own accommodation.

Music will include a Mass setting composed by Alan on the occasion of the Anglican Church in Luxembourg’s 50th anniversary; this will be its first performance outside Luxembourg. Music for this, as well as details of other music to be sung, will be emailed to singers well in advance.

If you are interested in joining this group, please let Pam Carlisle (pamela(at) know as soon as possible.

Bach Johannes Passion at Holy Trinity Brussels

Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral will present the Bach Johannes-Passion at 19H on Good Friday, 25 March 2016. Entry is free, but online registration is required at Holy Trinity is at Rue Capitaine Crespel 29, 1050 Bruxelles (near Metro Louise).

 The Evangelist is Joris Bosman and Christus is Ivan Ludlow, with a fine team of supporting soloists and chorus, and an orchestra of graduates of the Royal Conservatories. Further details on

The beauty of Gloucester Cathedral

Quite apart from the wonderful organ and acoustic at Gloucester, it is an incredible privilege to be surrounded by some of the finest english church architecture in existence (and our own in-house heritage expert to explain some of it!).

The cloisters are a very quiet and peaceful part of the Cathedral. It is easy to imagine these cloisters in use when they were first built hundreds of years ago. 

Choir members admire the surroundings as we assemble before a service.



Singing at Gloucester – a glimpse of the process

We are now about halfway through our week singing at Gloucester Cathedral where we support the cathedral in its daily business while the Cathedral Choir are on holiday. Following a restful day off on Thursday, we are now gearing up for the rest of the week, with Evensong each evening as well as the regular Sunday morning service to come. Each day the pile of music becomes a little more manageable as we run through the repertoire for the week with music from all eras – so far including composers from JS Bach to Morten Lauridsen via English favourites such as Charles Wood and T Tertius Noble. The full musical programme will be published on this website when we return.


Countdown to Gloucester

Just few days to go now before ECS assemble in Gloucester for a week’s singing in the Cathedral! 

With washing lines all over NW Europe heaving with freshly cleaned whites, frantic packing and last-minute music sorting no doubt in full swing, maybe there is just time to remind friends and family to come along?

Alternatively, if they can’t manage it why not point them to this blog where we will be posting some updates during the week for everyone to enjoy?

 The public programme is as follows: 

Monday Evensong 17:30 
Tuesday Evensong 17:30
Wednesday Choral Eucharist        17:30
Friday Evensong 17:30
Saturday Evensong 16:30
Sunday Sung Eucharist 10:15
Sunday Evensong 15:00

The choir’s programme can be found in the members’ area of this site.


…and yes, I will iron it once it is dry! 

Archdeaconry Choral Festival 2014

 With thanks to all involved at Holy Trinity Brussels, a very successful choral festival was held in early May. 

Under the inspring direction of  Matthew Beetschen of Dunblane Cathedral in Scotland and RSCM Area Chair for Scotland, the choir of more than 40 singers from several choirs in the Archdiocese and organist David Mitchell put on an impressive final service after a day of intense and fun work. 


Upcoming Events

ECS Gloucester 2014 (updated 1 Aug pw/ak)
Monday 4 August – Choral Evensong (5.30 p.m.)
P&R Heathcote Statham (Festival Book 2011)
Psalm 4 (Gauntlett)
Canticles St. Andrew’s Service  – Peter Aston
Anthem Geistliches Lied – Brahms
Hymn CP 467
Final responses Naylor
Tuesday 5 August (Eve of Transfiguration) – Choral Evensong (5.30 p.m.)
P&R Kenneth Leighton
Psalm 99 (Hanforth)
Canticles Noble in B minor
Anthem Hail gladdening light – Charles Wood
Hymn CP 217 (t CP 112)
Final responses Naylor
Wednesday 6 August (Transfiguration) – Eucharist (5.30 p.m.)
Mass Anthony Caesar – Missa Brevis Cappella Regalis
Motet: O nata lux – Morten Lauredsen
Hymns CP 556, 248, 502, 319, 
Friday 8 August – Choral Evensong (5.30 p.m.)
P&R John Reading
Psalm 22 (SS Wesley)
Canticles Weelkes 1st service
Anthem Prayer of Henry VI – Jackson 
Final Responses Naylor
Saturday 9 August – Choral Evensong (4.30 p.m.)
Introit Locus iste – Bruckner
P&R John Joubert (2010)
Psalm 24 (Barnby)
Canticles Blair in B minor
Hymn CP 487
Anthem The Lamb has come for us from the House of David – James Macmillan
Sunday 10 August – Eucharist (10.15 a.m.)
Mass Lloyd Webber – Prince of Peace
Motet: Your gentleness, O God of Grace – Paul Mealor/Geoffrey Rowell
Hymn CP 449, 610, 313, 319
Sunday 10 August – Choral Evensong (3 p.m.)
Introit Bless O Lord, us thy servants – Harper
P&R John Joubert (2010)
Psalm 86 (Hopkins)
Canticles Murrill in E
Anthem Blessed be the God and Father – S.S.Wesley
Hymn CP 392 
Final responses Naylor