© James Ram (www.jamesram.co.uk)
When TCS take part in Choral Evensong in Truro Cathedral on 6th November it will be the first time we have done so in our 53-year history. We will join Truro Cathedral Choir to sing Parry’s “I was glad” and Stanford’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C. The service commences at 5.30pm, with Christopher Gray as Music Director.
The Cathedral Choir is made up of 18 boy choristers and 12 men. With over 100 members of TCS joining them and the accompaniment of the 2,700-pipe Henry Willis organ, this should be a memorable occasion.
The normal running order of Evensong is: responses, welcome by the priest, psalm, bible reading, Magnificat, bible reading, Nunc Dimittis, the Creed, responses (including the Lord’s Prayer), anthem, prayers, hymn and, finally, responses.
Anyone is welcome to attend Evensong, so come and enjoy the beautiful music and the amazing architecture of the Cathedral. We have loved rehearsing these pieces and are very much looking forward to taking part in the service.
At the start of this term, we welcomed Joseph O’Berry, who joins us for 2015/16. Joseph tells us he is thrilled to be accompanying Truro Choral Society this season and looks forward to all the joys this experience will provide.
He comes to Truro as the Cathedral organ scholar, having completed one year at Blackburn Cathedral as organ scholar. Whilst there he played an active role in the administration of the music department and wider Cathedral community, playing four services a week and assisting in the Cathedral’s Music Outreach Project “Sing Together”.
A native of Georgia, USA, Joseph was Director of Music at Holy Trinity Parish Church in Atlanta, where he oversaw a comprehensive RSCM-based music programme for adults, youth and children. In Atlanta he was appointed Chapel Organist for the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he played for Eucharist services and was Collaborative Artist in Residence for the Candler Chorale.
From 2009-12 Joseph read Organ Performance, with a secondary emphasis on collaborative piano, at The Townsend School of Music at Mercer University. He is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and a Colleague of the American Guild
of Organists (CAGO).
An active parishioner at the Episcopal Cathedral of St Philip, Atlanta, he sang with Cathedra Schola in their 2013 Pilgrimage to England, during which they served as Choir in Residence for two weeks consecutively at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and Canterbury Cathedral.