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Chelmsford Cathedral's Director of Music

Chelmsford Cathedral's Director Music, Peter Nardone popped into the Monday Classics studio in October to tell us how he leads the music at our anglican Cathedral and how he came to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate this month from rAnglia Ruskin University.

Peter has worked in Essex for 11 years, after many years as a freelance singer, touring the world with all the major classical choirs. Peter explained how the daily worship in the Cathedral is supported by the choir, and introduced us to their schedule, involving rehearsals throughout the week before and after school, and singing the weekend services.

Our playlist included Peter's choices, a particular favourite of his (and of the programme) is the beautiful setting of the 'Agnus Dei' from the Requiem by Gabriel Faure.

Peter gave his top tips for singers and choir-trainers, which he rouded up by saying "take a deep breath, open your mouth, sing AND smile (the last bit for conductors, especially).

Join Monday Classics every week from 7pm for a great selection of classical music, old and new, invigorating and relaxing, and a look at the Phoenix Classical Events guide.

And, in particular, please listen in on Monday 8th November to hear all the news from local choir - The Stondon Singers.

Keep it classical! Ed


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