Day 11 – Boston (News)

The boys began their day with an early start and sang at the assembly of a local school. Meanwhile, the gents slept in and rocked on up about 11.30…well, most of us…It took about 80mins to get to the WGBH Studios and after a quick sound check we were ‘on air’. It was a really interesting experience and in between pieces Dr Darlington, Josh, ‘I want to be a Policeman’, Hirst and Tom Bennett were interviewed by the radio host Cathy Fuller.

We headed up to the Trinity Church, Copley Square, to have an early dinner in the undercroft before rehearsing in the choir stalls. It was a challenging building to sing in due to the distance between the stalls. However, the packed Evensong congregation actually improved the acoustic. The service music was:

Introit – Christe Jesu, pastor bone (Taverner)

Responses – Clucas

Psalm 84

Canticles – Chichester Service (Walton)

Anthems – Salvator mundi (Tallis), Justorum animae (Stanford)

We were joined by several boy choirs from Boston for the Stanford. Afterwards we hopped back on the bus to the Green’s house in Marblehead for some delicious shepherd’s pie and refreshments, which went down a treat. No one is really looking forward to the eleven hour bus journey tomorrow but I’m going home to my hosts to watch Man Utd vs Chelsea!

Chris Bruerton

The Grace Church Team

Melva Graham and Peter Walker at supper with Stephen

Grace Church – our last venue

Farewell USA – Hello Canada


The still morning at Marblehead

Behind the scenes

The trek to the bus – this time not in the rain


The Falls!

The Rockers – Niagara is a honeymoon destination!

A “slabup” meal”

Boston – Pictures 1

Holy Trinity – our destination – but first – the body has to be served – many thanks to the Greens!


Poor starving boys

Our Trinity hosts

A quiet chat


Ben Roe at WGBH to whom we owe so much

(Ht Di Stewart)

Back on the bus!

Back at Marblehead

A long long long day – New York to Boston

Today began on a bus and it finished on a bus. In between, there was a lot of bus-ing, more than perhaps planned is the most tactful way of putting it. The gents were picked up from outside the Blakeley Hotel before going to pick up everyone else. The journey to Boston was about seven hours, slightly more than expected, but Hugo wasn’t worried given that we stopped off at Wendy’s for lunch!

We eventually found the home of Nathaniel and Louisa Green at Marblehead. Their home is enormous, so much so that the playroom is being used as a bedroom for seventeen choristers! The bus couldn’t get up to their house so we got dropped off close by and had a short walk with our luggage in the rain and wind to their house.

Due to the late arrival we had to scoff down pizza and get changed in double time. Back on the bus the next interesting part of the day was just about to begin. The unplanned sightseeing tour of some of lesser well-known surburbian parts of Boston was unexpected and we eventually made it to the British Consulate for our reception.

The eager and, by now, somewhat more high-spirited guests were relieved to see us and very much enjoyed listening to our well-prepared programme. This was now the third time we’d sung at a reception so it was a slick performance. After a much needed drink we re-took our places in our now-moulded seats and headed back to Marblehead for some milk and juice refreshments before being picked up by our billets. The day ended as it began with fourteen very weary men and seventeen excitable boys.