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St Paul’s Cathedral Choir begins record eight-year tour...without leaving London

The longest tour in the history of St Paul’s Cathedral Choir is set to begin this month - without the singers even leaving London.

On Sunday 23 November, the Choir will head to Barnet in north London for the first in a programme of special services which will last roughly eight years.

The Deanery Evensong at St John’s Friern Barnet is part of a scheme to foster greater connection between St Paul’s and the Diocese of London, of which it is the mother church.

And with 24 Deaneries to visit at the rate of three a year, covering the entire Diocese will take eight years.

Members of each parish within the Deaneries will be encouraged to attend their special Evensong, and it is hoped the churchgoers of London will come to share in the music of their Cathedral Choir at the service in their particular Deanery.

The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul’s said: "There is wonderful and uplifting music-making going on throughout the Diocese. We want to share something of what we do here at the Cathedral with people at a local level and give our Choristers a sense of the bigger picture - visiting some of the churches whose names we hear offered in our prayers on a regular basis. We’re also looking forward to the hospitality for which our parish churches are renowned!

"The cathedral choral tradition is a treasure house of prayer and praise to God and, on these Deanery Evensong visits, we shall enjoy giving away riches not our own.”

Deaneries already visited:
Sunday 23 November 2014 - Central Barnet Deanery
Sunday 1 February 2015 - Ealing Deanery
Sunday 24 May 2015 - Tower Hamlets Deanery
Sunday 4 October 2015 - East Haringey Deanery
Sunday 7 February 2016 - Westminster (Paddington) Deanery
Sunday 22 May 2016 - Westminster (St Marylebone) Deanery
Sunday 20 November 2016 - North Camden Deanery
Sunday 12 March 2017 - Hampton Deanery
Sunday 21 May 2017 - Harrow Deanery

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