Lindisfarne gospel choir tunes up

28 September 2012

PA

Writ large: illustrations from the Lindisfarne Gospels projected on to Durham Cathedral during the Lumière Festival in November 2011

Writ large: illustrations from the Lindisfarne Gospels projected on to Durham Cathedral during the Lumière Festival in November 2011

A COMMUNITY choir of 1000 members has been formed to welcome the Lindisfarne Gospels back to the north-east of England.

Rehearsals for the Lindisfarne Gospels Community Choir start tomorrow at Durham Cathedral's Chorister School, and already more than 140 individuals and a number of choirs have signed up. A concert is to take place in July next year, on Palace Green, in front of the cathedral, which will coincide with the opening of the Gospels Exhibition in the city.

The Gospels are on loan to Durham from the British Library for three months, and some of its staff are expected to join the choir next summer.

The organisers particularly want singers from places along the route that was taken by the Gospels, and the remains of Lindisfarne's founder, St Cuthbert, when they were moved during the ninth and tenth centuries to avoid Viking invaders.

The director of music outreach at Durham Cathedral, Mish Kelly, said: "We would like to have singers from as far away as Lindisfarne, out west to Carlisle, and down south to York."

Tomorrow's rehearsal is intended as a welcoming session, and will feature anything from traditional hymns to songs by The Beatles. "It is all about the joy of singing, and the more people who join us the merrier," Ms Kelly said. It is planned to hold rehearsals in participants' own areas throughout the year.

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