The choirs at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, have gone paperless. All the music required for their performances is now delivered on tablets, allowing them to give first class performances at services and rehearsals. This move has come about due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to work remotely and more smartly. When a change or annotation is needed on the music, this can be done by one person and then all copies of the music are automatically updated on individual tablets. This tool is invaluable for the choirs as they rehearse.
“This technology is really helping improve our performance, as well as contributing to our efforts to reduce the use of paper,’ comments William Saunders, Music Advisor at the Cathedral.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral has five choirs with young people and adults providing music for the daily services at the Cathedral. The choirs perform a wide repertoire of music and have been very active online whilst not able to sing in the Cathedral during the first lockdown.
On Tuesday 15 December, the boy and girl choristers will join forces to sing Evensong at 5.30 pm in the Cathedral for the first time. The new girl choristers have been recruited during the pandemic, so it has not been possible until now for them to sing at services.
‘This is a really exciting moment for the Cathedral,’ continues William Saunders. ‘The choristers have worked really hard, rehearsing online and in an empty Cathedral, but nothing can match the thrill of singing for the first time in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral.’ This has come just in time as the choristers will be singing at Christmas services as well as providing music online as part of a musical Advent calendar https://stedscathedral.org/music/advent-calendar