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Cathedral Choir 'touches eternity' in autumn concert

Two of England's favourite actors have joined the Cathedral Choir for Touching Eternity, an evening of music and poetry under the dome of St Paul's.

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Sheila Hancock CBE and Sam West performed the first-ever reading of Resurgam, (September 26), a poem charting the rich history of St Paul's, written by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion.

The final part of the poem, Whispering Gallery, was set to music by Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and was sung by the Cathedral Choir.

Interweaved with the poetry, the choir also performed a programme of well-known works including Jubilate in C by Benjamin Britten, excerpts from Franz Josef Haydn’s The Creation and C Hubert H Parry’s Coronation anthem, I was Glad.

The Cathedral Choir was led by Director of Music Andrew Carwood and accompanied by Organist Simon Johnson.

Due to a breakdown on the London Underground, which delayed Sam West, the opening of the poem was read by the Cathedral's Precentor, the Reverend Canon Michael Hampel.