Category Archives: Oxford

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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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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Bomb Shelter of C.S. Lewis

In the 1940s, war tore apart the peaceful countryside of England. C.S. Lewis decided not to join the ranks of soldiers for this battle as he had in the First World War. Instead, he used his skills as a writer … Continue reading

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Our Trip to Narnia

As we mentioned in our previous post, today was a free day with no scheduled tour or activity. Several of the choristers and chaperones went punting again, while the remainder of the group took a city bus ride to the … Continue reading

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Day 13 – Free Day!

Today, for the first time on our tour, we have no scheduled activity. It’s a free day! The chaperone groups are free to explore Oxford as they wish. Everyone was allowed to sleep in this morning┬áto get some much-needed rest. … Continue reading

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England’s Oldest Steeple

We found out on our tour of Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford earlier this week that the church’s steeple is the oldest in England. It’s about 850 years old. Wow!

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Photos from Warwick Castle

Lots of fun, laughter and adventure at today’s visit to Warwick Castle. This was a very different experience from our earlier visit to Windsor Castle. Think of it as a permanent Renaissance Fair. We enjoyed a jousting tournament, birds of … Continue reading

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