College has a long standing tradition of supporting the Cheltenham Literature Festival and this year was no different. On Friday 9 October College Chapel hosted O Sing Unto the Lord, a discussion on the evolution of church music, interspersed with four beautifully sung extracts by College's Chapel Choir, led by Mr David McKee and accompanied by Mr Alex Ffinch on the organ.
On the panel were Andrew Gant and Lucy Winkett. Andrew is former organist, choirmaster and composer at Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal and author of the recent book Sing Unto the Lord: A History of English Church Music in which he traces English church music from Anglo-Saxon origins to the present. He was paired with Lucy Winkett, rector of St James's Piccadilly and a former Canon of St Paul's Cathedral. Lucy trained as a soprano at the Royal College of Music before she entered the priesthood. The discussion was chaired by broadcaster and journalist Christopher Cook.
The selection of pieces included Hannah Kendall’s hauntingly beautiful work Their Kingdom, The Air, which was commissioned by Cheltenham College and generously funded by the Cheltonian Society as part of their commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.