ECA GAUDY DAY – Saturday 21 Nov

As previously advertised, the ECA is holding a ‘Gaudy’ on Saturday 21st November and I’m please to be able to advise that we have secured a brief visit to the Muniment Room where all the historic records of the Abbey are preserved by Cathedral Archivist, Dr David Kelsall and his team, including some very old original photographs of the choir.

This is quite a unique opportunity for the ECA so we are now extending the invitation to ALL choristers and lay clerks who sang in the Cathedral Choir up to and including 1985 (and their spouses/partners). There is no charge for the day except lunch which is at members’ own cost.

The programme for the Gaudy will now be as follows:

  • 11.30 Coffee/Tea on arrival in the Chapter Room, The Deanery
  • 12.00 An exhibition and a short talk on the development of the Cathedral Choir Archive and a chance to listen to some early choir recordings
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 Visit to the Muniment Room – in groups of 10 MAX (optional – please be aware, the Triforium is a high narrow passage so is not recommended for anyone who suffers from vertigo. There are also 45 stone steps in a circular staircase, each one slightly higher than a domestic stair tread.)
  • 15.00 Cathedral Choir Rehearsal (optional)
  • 16.00 Choral Evensong in the Quire
  • 17.00 Nostalgic Visit to the Lay Clerk’s Hostelry, The White Hart (optional)

There is also an IOFS Organ Recital by the Danish organist, Bine Bryndorf.

If you would like attend the ‘Gaudy Day’ please email me at or telephone me on 01296 630169 by no later Monday 9th November. Please indicate if you would like to come with your spouse or partner and give their name.

Thank you.

Malcolm Bury