Today we are visiting Guildford Cathedral, where the boy choristers are singing the evocative Christian folk hymn I wonder as I wander accompanied by Sub Organist Richard Moore. This piece is often performed as a Christmas carol, and was originally collected as a fragment by the American folklorist and singer John Jacob Niles in North Carolina in 1933. Based on this fragment, Niles composed I wonder as I wander, with various arrangements created in the decades since. Today's arrangement is by Richard Lloyd, former Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral, who died earlier this year.
Back in October Cathedral Music Trust's Ambassador Alexander Armstrong attended Evensong at Guildford Cathedral, and greatly enjoyed meeting the Cathedral’s boy and girl choristers. The Cathedral Choir, directed by Katherine Dienes-Williams provides music for seven choral services each week during term time. They also participate in a wide variety of musical activities which include recording, broadcasting and touring, as well as frequent concert appearances in the cathedral and elsewhere.
We were pleased to be able to support Guildford Cathedral with a grant earlier this year to support their choirs.
“Worship and music being at the heart of Cathedral life, this grant has kept it beating”
Nicola Pratt, Head of Development, Guildford Cathedral
Your gift this Christmas will enable us to support choirs all year round and continue sharing this extraordinary musical heritage with people of all ages and backgrounds.
What's more, thanks to a generous matched-funding pledge of £25,000 towards our Christmas Campaign, every donation made between now and 31 December will be doubled!