Douglas Bailey (trystero) wrote,
Douglas Bailey

Went with my sister to hear the choir sing carols at Westminster Abbey. I don't really care about the words, what with being an atheist and all, but the actual singing is always achingly beautiful. I'm glad I got down there early and got a good spot in the queue: we were seated in the North Transept, closer to the front — and thus the singers — than we've ever been. It was worth waiting for.

The Abbey itself is huge and tall and airy and cold and beautiful in a very austere English way. And it's stuffed to the gills with dead famous people (3,300-odd, according to the FAQ on their website): it's a bit unnerving that there's essentially no way in that doesn't involve treading on someone's grave or memorial. I'm very sorry, Mr Elgar...
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