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Rodolfus Foundation launches virtual choral evensong

2:00, 18th May 2020

The Rodolfus Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping young singers, has gathered over 250 singers and celebrities including Stephen Fry, Alexander Armstrong and the Rev’d Richard Coles for a virtual choral evensong to be broadcast live on YouTube on 19 May at 6.30pm.

The project brings together more than 950 video and audio submissions from around the world for various part of evensong, including an introit, responses, psalms, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis and more. It is bookended by Cosmo Sheldrake’s Evening Chorus, an improvisation using endangered British birds’ songs recorded in Dorset woodland.

The project, in association with ChoralEvensong.org, is in aid of the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund, set up by the Friends of Cathedral Music and the Ouseley Church Music Trust. The fund aims to raise £1m to support choirs that might not otherwise survive the Covid-19 lockdown. Donations can be made here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/cathedralchoirs.

Ralph Allwood, the Rodolfus Foundation’s musical director, commented: ‘I am touched by the range of singers who have contributed. I have had some wonderful letters telling me how contributing has brought them great joy during lonely lockdown.’

For more information about the project visit https://www.therodolfusfoundation.org.uk/virtual-evensong

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