Mon 03 - Sun 09 August 2020
Last updated 02 June.
We take the health and wellbeing of our members very seriously. On 17 March 2020, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York advised that public worship should be suspended until further notice.
Norwich Cathedral has now cancelled all visiting choirs for the summer.
This is very sad news and we understand you will be disappointed, if not surprised. We are looking into arranging a social gathering for the choir in August and will be in touch with details soon.
The following information is for guidance only at this stage.
1400-1600 Rehearsal (Song School)
1600-1700 Run through in stalls
0930-1200 Rehearsal (Song School)*
1615-1700 Run through in stalls
Dumb day - we are not singing any services today
1400-1600 Weekenders' rehearsal (venue tba)
0915-1000 Run through in stalls
1030-1145 Sung Eucharist
1400-1500 Run through in stalls
*Morning rehearsals will include a substantial coffee break. Not all singers will be required at all of each rehearsal.
Information to follow.
Where available the music above is linked to online scores. You are reminded that no time will be spent in rehearsal note bashing music made available in advance.
You will be given a cardboard wallet containing the week’s music. It would greatly help if you kept all the music in the wallet when not in use. Please ensure that any markings you make on your copy are made in pencil only.
Harsnett borrows a great deal of music from various sources. Their willingness to lend to us for free depends on us returning it promptly, intact, and with our pencil markings removed. You may keep music you have downloaded or, if you wish, donate it to the choir library.
For services, we carry music in red hardback folders. If you have one of these, please remember to bring it with you. If you do not have one, they will be available. Please return both folders and all music before you leave.
Norwich Cathedral, The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH
The Song School is on the first floor above the vistor reception to the north-west of the cathedral.
Accommodation is being arranged at Crown Place. This is student accommodation which opened in September 2019.
Crown Place is centrally located and is a verified 16 minute walk to the cathedral.
The cost will be £225 for the week in an en-suite single bedroom in a flat with 3, 5 or 7 rooms and a communal kitchen/lounge area. Unfortunately a per night rate is not available. If you are attending for part of the week you will need to see what is available elsewhere for the length of your stay.
Continental breakfast supplies will be provided in each flat.
This is modern, well equipped accommodation. The site includes a music practice room, games room, free on-site gym, cinema room and an on-site laundry.
There is 24-hour security.
There is no car parking, but you can stop to drop off your luggage. Just park seems to be a good site to find a car parking spot, although other sites are available.
We clearly need to ascertain the number of rooms required. Please complete this survey whether or not you wish to book. A deposit of £50 per person is required and should be remitted to the choir bank account or cheques sent to The Treasurer (please contact email@example.com for the address).
Norwich, NR1 3RF
We ask that you do not attempt to park at the cathedral. The Cathedral Close is in constant use by residents and businesses and parking is limited.
You can use Just park to find suitable parking in the city.
There is no parking at the group accommodation (above). Please either come by public transport or arrange parking elsewhere in the city.
The accommodation is 0.9 miles, a 20 minute walk, from Norwich Thorpe station. There are regular buses between the train station (stop DE) and St Stephen's St (stop BQ), which is very close to the accommodation.
The cathedral is 0.8 miles, a 15 minute walk, from the accommodation. There are regular buses between St Stephen's St (stop BA) and Tombland (stop CM).
Choir meal - Saturday 8th August
As has become our custom a meal has been arranged for the Saturday evening. Family and friends are more than welcome to this social gathering.
We will be eating at the Adnams Tasting Room which is adjacent to the William and Florence Pub in Unthank Road. The venue is a 20 minute walk or a short bus ride!
More information to follow later when the seasonal menu becomes available.
Robing and dress
The appearance of the choir is important: it gets noticed and affects how we come across.
The choir provides cassocks, surplices and whites. If you have yours at home, please be sure to bring them with you. If you haven’t done so already and this is your first time with Harsnett, please let Elizabeth Jack know your approximate height and build.
Please wear quiet black shoes and dark trousers and socks or tights as these may show under your cassock. Academical hoods and RSCM medals may be worn during Evensong. They are not worn at the Eucharist.