Monthly Archives: August 2012

We’re Home!

Touchdown… we’re home! After 11,000 miles of travel on airplane and motorcoach, we’re back in Orlando. The 2012 Anglican Heritage Tour has officially come to a close. What a privilege and honor it has been for us to sing these … Continue reading

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Next Stop: Orlando

We made it through customs! We’ve boarded our flight to Orlando and are currently pushing back from the gate in Charlotte. Thankfully, there are no weather delays because of Tropical Storm Isaac. We’ll arrive in Orlando at 5:57pm. UPDATE: Looks … Continue reading

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Back in the USA

Touchdown! The choirs are officially back in the USA, following a marvelous 16-day tour of London and Oxford, England! We’re currently taxiing to the gate in Charlotte where we will be processed through customs. Then it’s on to Orlando!

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Farewell, London

Good morning! We have boarded our plane in London, pushing back from the gate now. Total flight time: 8 hours, 14 minutes. We’ll check in once we arrive in Charlotte.

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Day 16 – Going Home!

It’s almost 5:00am here in Oxford and we’re getting ready to board the bus for our trip back to London’s Gatwick Airport. Our flight departs at 10am and we’ll arrive in Charlotte at 1:55pm EST. We depart Charlotte at 4:20pm … Continue reading

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Song of the Beloved

Song of the Beloved from Orlando Deanery Choirs on Vimeo. One of our favorite songs to sing is the anthem “Song of the Beloved” by our own Benjamin Lane. The text is based on a beautiful poem by St. Teresa … Continue reading

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Non nobis in the Great Hall

After Evensong tonight, we ate our final meal inside the Great Hall of Christ Church College in Oxford. The breakfasts and dinners here have been nothing short of amazing. This place has been such a special treat for us, almost … Continue reading

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We’re Done!

We’re done! After more than two weeks of rehearsals and services in London and here in Oxford, we finished up our tour tonight by singing Evensong to a congregation of more than 200. We took this picture as the choristers … Continue reading

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Running on the Grass

At every one of the 38 colleges in Oxford there are beautiful grass courtyards, called quads. Many of them have a focal point at the center — either a fountain, a statue or sundial. The Christ Church quad has a … Continue reading

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Photos from Sunday Morning Services

Wow, it was a full morning of singing! We sang Matins at 10am, followed by Holy Eucharist at 11:15am. Everyone is tired after a rigorous two weeks of rehearsals and services, but you couldn’t tell it from the fabulous singing … Continue reading

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Dressed in Style

In the photos posted here over the past two weeks, you’ve probably noticed us wearing matching t-shirts for the tour. These shirts were the brainchild of chorister parent Chris Gent who spearheaded the design and printing of the shirts. The … Continue reading

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Day 15 – Matins, Holy Eucharist and Evensong

Today is a big day! Not only is it our final day of singing on the tour but we’re singing for three different services. The day begins at 10am with Matins (sung Morning Prayer), followed at 11:15am by Holy Eucharist. … Continue reading

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Your Prayers Are Requested

As we prepare to return home tomorrow, we ask for your prayers for our safe travel. Our London to Charlotte, NC flight should be no problem, but current forecasts shows that Tropical Storm Isaac (which is expected to strengthen to … Continue reading

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Audio Recording: Saturday Evensong

We had nearly 100 people in attendance tonight at our Evensong service at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. Here are five recorded clips from the service:

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Saturday Evensong Photos

We just wrapped up a two-hour rehearsal for tonight’s Evensong, and to review the music we’ll be singing at three services tomorrow at Christ Church Cathedral. The choristers have become quite the celebrities here at Christ Church. During rehearsals, hundreds … Continue reading

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Happy Adoption Day, Veronica!

When the choristers are away from their families on tour, it’s especially important for the choir to remember and celebrate special occasions. We celebrated two chorister birthdays earlier in the tour, and today is another day of celebration. On August … Continue reading

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Riley

In documenting highlights of our tour, we would be remiss if we didn’t highlight our youngest tour participant, Riley Alsene. She is the sister of choristers Melanie and Megan Alsene. This three-year-old has been amazing! She’s done just about everything … Continue reading

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Day 14 – Rehearsal for Sunday

The main item on our schedule for today is rehearsal for tomorrow’s services at Christ Church Cathedral. We’ll be the guest choir, singing Matins (sung Morning Prayer) at 10am, Holy Eucharist at 11:15am and Evensong at 6:00pm. Tonight, we’ll enjoy … Continue reading

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Oxford Ghost Tour

Last night, amidst the drizzling rain and fog, we joined actor Bill Spectre on a walking tour of Oxford’s ghosts. Dressed as a Victorian undertaker, Bill illustrated the tour with props and illusions as we made our way along the … Continue reading

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Friday Evensong Photos

Here are a few photos from tonight’s Evensong. Tonight’s service featured responses by Benjamin Lane, canticles by Hogan, and the anthem “Sing to the Lord a New Song” by Orlando composer Robert Kerr.

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