WHAT is believed to be the world's first "Wrenathon" - almost 17
hours of choral music, sung by 17 choirs in 17 London churches
designed by Sir Christopher Wren - is to take place tomorrow.
The Wren Choral Marathon starts at 8 a.m. in St Michael's,
Cornhill, where the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain
will perform. It concludes at midnight with vespers at St Stephen
Walbrook, sung by Khoros, a group of 35 young adults from south
Other venues will include St Paul's Cathedral, St Mary-le-Bow,
and St Andrew by the Wardrobe.
The performances will feature a variety of professional,
amateur, and children's choirs, from the London Gay Men's Chorus to
the vocal ensemble Tenebrae, the Singaporean a cappella
group MICappella, and the London Soul Choir.
They will perform a range of musical styles: medieval,
classical, contemporary, gospel, and jazz. Each programme lasts 45
minutes, which will give the audience 15 minutes to travel to the
Those hardy enough to manage all 17 events can have their
programmes marked at each church, and be entered in a prize
The marathon, part of the City of London Festival, was devised
by its director Paul Gudgin, who said: "I became aware of what a
unique feature it is to have so many churches created by a single
architect in such a relatively confined area. I felt we had to find
a way for the festival to highlight this remarkable legacy in an