We perform both church and secular music. Music is sometimes written specially for the Camp and there are opportunities for people to sing solos.
We sing three important church services, starting with Evensong in Carlisle Cathedral on Friday – for many the highlight of the week. On Sunday morning the whole Camp walks in procession down the village street, singing a long hymn, and forms the choir for the parish Choral Eucharist in Morland Church. The final Evensong, in a church crowded with parents and other supporters, is preceded by an Organ Recital performed by choristers and staff. The church music sung embraces a wide variety of periods and styles and composers – the church music list since 1980 may be found here.
In recent years a calm reflective mid-week evening service for the whole camp has been added (in addition to the usual informal Compline services on other evenings) – either a traditional plainsong Compline or a Taizé-style service comprising a series of chants and multi-lingual readings.
For our public Concert in Penrith on Saturday, the mixture of music ensures that all ages find things that are both interesting and fun. The first half is usually a series of short items and the second half a longer work. Composers represented include Richard Rodney Bennett, Gilbert & Sullivan, Joseph Horovitz, Michael Hurd, Robin Nelson (in particular his highly successful Arts Council funded musical ‘Lindisfarne’), Rice/Lloyd Webber, John Rutter, Peter Skellern, Richard Stilgoe, Malcolm Williamson – and a number of works specially written or arranged for the Morland camp by the Directors of Music. A list of the main concert items since 1991 may be found here.
Here is a lo-res MP3 sample (1.12mb) of the 2003 Carlisle evensong processional hymn: