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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

A beautiful wedding in Cambridge

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Congratulations to Gregor Dick and Alisa Koonce who were married today at the glorious 19th century gothic revival Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge - often referred to by the acronym OLEM. Fr Christopher Back was celebrant for the Mass, I was deacon, and Fr Bernard McNally subdeacon. MC was Dr Berthold Kress, a fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge whose speciality is the history of art, especially late medieval and early modern art. As you can see, the Bride's dress was modest and traditional - and all the more beautiful for that.

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A particular treat at the wedding and Mass, was the singing by Anglorum Chorus, a recently formed choir, directed by Christopher Hodkinson, which gathers talented young Catholic singers and musical directors to sing Gregorian chant to the highest standard. (The chant is their principal focus though they do also sing polyphony.) The choir are available for special occasions: I will pass on contact details when I have them. [UPDATE: you can email anglorum.chorus [AT] gmail.com]

The reception was held at St John's College; although I could not stay for all of it, I did go along for a short while and was glad to meet several friends there. The walk from OLEM gave me a chance to see a little of Cambridge which I do not know very well. St John's is a magnificent set of buildings and quads.

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Cambridge has the "Backs": several colleges back onto the river Cam and have grounds both sides of the river. St John's has its own bridge...

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... from which you can observe the curious spectacle see people punting from the wrong end:

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