Special anthem to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta delivered to St Albans Cathedral

Special anthem to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta delivered to St Albans Cathedral

Special anthem to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta delivered to St Albans Cathedral

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A special anthem composed to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta was delivered by bicycle to St Albans Cathedral on Monday.

The piece was hand delivered by Steve Brown, who has cycled all the way from Hampshire on a route taking in all five of the ‘charter towns’ where the original copies of the Magna Carta were taken.  

The anthem is composed by Malcolm Archer, director of chapel music at Winchester College and is based on a prayer written by Archbishop Langton, who was Archbishop at the time of Magna Carta in 1215. 

The piece has been delivered ahead of the main Magna Carta 800th Festival celebration next year.

Steve Brown said: "It’s great to be in St Albans - 900 miles exactly since I started my trail.  It has been a challenge, an adventure and a pilgrimage. Many others will be following the Magna Carta trail to St Albans and beyond in the build up to 2015.  

"I hope they will enjoy it as much as I have."

In August 1213, St Albans Cathedral was the venue for the very first meeting between barons and clergy to discuss their grievances against King John. This historic meeting ultimately led to the articles that became Magna Carta, sealed at Runnymede two years later.

The bike ride is a fundraising mission for Steve’s own parish church of All Saints in Odiham, in Hampshire. 

Tom Winpenny, assistant master of the music at St Albans Cathedral, said: "I am looking forward to studying the anthem which is written by my former boss, Malcolm Archer, when I was at St Paul’s Cathedral.  Knowing him, it will be an excellent, thought provoking piece."

 

 

 

 

 

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