Secret tour of Truro Cathedral

Today we were given the “secret” tour by cathedral house elf Judith. She kept us entertained for over an hour with interesting facts about the cathedral and its history, pointing out quirky things that the everyday visitor wouldn’t notice.

The view from the West Gallery was amazing, giving a full view of the Nave, and its slightly slanted aspect as it approached the choir stalls and alter. This apparently is to fit around the surrounding roads that the cathedral had to squeeze in around!

The cathedral is the last to be built by hand in the old tradition and only took 30 years to be completed. It sits on, and is part of, the old parish church St Mary’s, which now forms the chapel area to the South.

I won’t give you the full tour as there is no way I can keep you entertained as Judith did. So instead, here are a few photos of the afternoon.

P.S. Apparently “9 lessons and carols” originated from Truro cathedral during the build itself, not King’s College as commonly believed!

Our service today was unaccompanied and, as such, offered a special atmosphere – and a little more pressure on the singers! I absolutely loved our anthem O quam gloriosum by Victoria. Written in the 16th century, it displays some beautiful polyphony as the vocal parts weave in and out of each other. Have a listen here.

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Luisa Santos-Stephens
Luisa Santos-Stephens
14:56 20 Nov 19
Jennifer is an incredible singer. We had her with Cafe Society to play at my 40th and it was everything I could dream off- they played beautiful music, and brought a very good vibe to the party. All the guests talked about how great they were, with a repertoire of very nice songs which we loved to listen to, but at the same time allowing us to keep the conversation going. I can’t recommend her enough.
Lisa Purcell
Lisa Purcell
19:34 03 Sep 19
Jenny sang beautifully at our wedding in August 2019! She moved many members of the congregation to tears with her amazing singing. We absolutely loved it and would highly recommend her. Each time we meet up with friends and family that were there, they all comment on how amazing her singing was and how much they enjoyed it! She sang a Maori love song perfectly - commented the relatives from New Zealand! X
Rachel McGuckin
Rachel McGuckin
16:06 27 Jun 19
Jenny was the absolute highlight of our wedding ceremony. We picked some tricky songs and she had the whole audience joining in at the chorus. Luckily they didn't join at all points because it gave everyone a chance to hear her beautiful voice as well! I can't recommend highly enough.
Kate McNamara
Kate McNamara
14:36 12 Jun 19
Jenny was amazing from the moment I enquired about her playing the violin at our wedding ceremony. So quick to respond, helpful, friendly, flexible & professional, and was able to recommend songs and even learnt a new song for the exit music. I was so confident that she had everything under control which was invaluable and it was something on the day that I knew I just didn’t have to worry about. Jenny is so talented and it really added to the ceremony, I am so pleased that I found her! Thank you so so much!
Aimee Curry
Aimee Curry
13:56 15 Feb 19
We highly recommend Jenny! She played amazing violin music beautifully at our wedding. Jenny was so lovely and was so approachable and helpful to plan our ceremony music which was a highlight of the day and also the drinks reception music.
T Whyte
T Whyte
19:17 30 Jan 19
Jenny sang at our wedding - her music set the tone and made for a truly special experience. She has a beautiful voice, is very easy to work with, and worked seamlessly with our (very exacting) venue to get everything just right. Thank you Jenny!
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