Choral Pilgrimage

Christ Church is offering its next choral pilgrimage to England from August 14-25, 2018 when the Christ Church Choir will be the Musicians in Residence at Bristol Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, singing daily Choral Evensong and the Sunday Eucharist. Bruce Barber, Director of Music, will lead the choir in their residency, while our Rector, Ruth Beresford, will lead the choral pilgrimage for up to 45 additional travelers to accompany the Christ Church Choir.

What is a choral pilgrimage? It is a rich musical and spiritual journey. Pilgrims seek an encounter with the holy in the glory of choral music and the spiritual sites of our Anglican heritage. It is also a time to build relationships and share stories with fellow travelers as we bond over shared meals and along England's carriage ways.

In Bristol

Situated at the confluence of the rivers Frome and Avon and chartered in 1155, Bristol is among England's most influential cities. Bristol Cathedral was first founded as an Abbey, but after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, in 1542 Henry VIII made it the seat for the newly-created Bishop of Bristol and so the cathedral of the new Diocese. From August 16-19, Bristol and her Cathedral will be our spiritual home. The choir will sing Evensong on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and at Sunday morning Eucharist and rehearse daily in the Cathedral's song school and magnificent Choir, a unique "hall church" not found in other English cathedrals.

While the choir rehearses each day, the pilgrims will explore Wales and the West of England, returning for Evensong to worship together. We will visit the region's sacred sites and places of natural beauty.

In London

For the second part of our residency and pilgrimage, the City of London and Westminster Abbey will be our home. Westminster Abbey is located in the heart of London near the River Thames and just beside the Houses of Parliament. Henry III had the Gothic church constructed in 1245 to give a shrine for his favorite saint, Edward the Confessor, who founded the Benedictine Abbey in 1065. William the Conqueror was crowned there in 1066, and it has been the Coronation Church for all English Monarchs since and recognized internationally for its role in the history of English sacred music. All who worship at the Abbey will hear the Christ Church Choir sing four services of Choral Evensong on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. 

The choir has Wednesday, August 22 free, which allows our whole group to visit Canterbury Cathedral for the day. We will attend Evensong there, before returning to the City. Each day in London the pilgrims and choristers will visit some of the world’s great museums and holy sites. Each night will provide free time for all to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.

For the full itinerary, click here.

Registration is closed, but please contact Ruth Beresford to be added to a waiting list for the pilgrimage.

If you have questions about the choral pilgrimage and choir residency, please contact Bruce Barber. The next choral pilgrimage and choir residency is being planned for 2021.