Following on from his piece in the September issue of Stationers' News on Bernstein's visit to Stationers' Hall in 1959, Members might be interested to know of Past Master Noel Osborne's further connections with the maestro! 

In 1963 at the request of the Dean of Chichester Cathedral Leonard Bernstein began composing a choral piece for the Southern Cathedrals Festival in 1965. The resulting masterpiece was the Chichester Psalms.  At that festival in 1965 Past Master Noel, then a lay vicar (a cleric or choir member appointed to sing certain parts of a cathedral service) at the Cathedral took part in a performance (which has been described as the "almost world premiere") of the Chichester Psalms in the presence of Bernstein. 

Last week the BBC South Today programme featured an item in which he and the then Head Chorister, David Gibson were reunited and reminisced on, amongst other things, the challenges of singing in Hebrew!  This was a prelude to a performance of the Chichester Psalms on 24 November at the Cathedral which was part of the events marking the centenary of Bernstein's birth.  You can watch the full item by clicking on the box below.

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