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Westminster Abbey welcomes St Woolos Choir

Friday, 30th April 2004

Westminster Abbey welcomes St Woolos Choir

Westminster Abbey welcomes visiting choirs to sing the daily services when the Abbey choir is on holiday.

Such a choir is the St Woolos Choir from St Woolos Cathedral in Newport, Gwent, who sang after Easter and received great acclaim for the quality of their singing.

Director Christopher Barton said they had enjoyed every minute at the Abbey. The St Woolos Choir is made up of men and boys who sing four times a week at their home Cathedral. None are paid for their efforts, and the boys attend state and independent schools locally rather than specialist choir schools. The choir tours, most recently in Belgium and Germany. They sang at the enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who was Diocesan Bishop of Monmouth in which St Woolos is situated.

The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor is one of the most powerful features of the Abbey. To stand in the presence of a man who is both a saint and a monarch is awe-inspiring.

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The Reverend Christopher Stoltz - Minor Canon

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