One hundred and forty two children came to the event from Durham Cathedral, Manchester Cathedral, Peterborough Cathedral, Southwell Minster, Blackburn Cathedral, York Minster and St Martin’s Ampleforth. During the morning, the children took part in two sports tournaments, Rounders for the girls and Football for the boys.
It was a very busy day and after Lunch the Choristers went across the valley to Ampleforth College in order to sing a 4.30 pm Service of Evening Prayer, an Anglican office, in the Abbey Church. The sound and clarity of one hundred and forty two treble singers was astonishing and echoed round the church transfixing the congregation. The music included a magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Edward Bairstow and Stanford’s ‘Song of Wisdom’which Vincent Conyngham described as ‘stunning..
An exultant Head of music, Vincent Conyngham commented:
Each one year one of the Cathedrals in the Northern Division of the Choirs’ School Association hosts this event. The last time Ampleforth hosted it was in 2007 and to host such a wonderful ecumenical event in Ampleforth Abbey was very special