2022 ECOCA Reunion - 18 April

Event to mark the retirement of Gordon Pike, after 50 years as treble and tenor

(Gordon actually retired from the choir in March 2020, but Covid restrictions prevented ECOCA reunions and retirement event in 2020 and 2021)

Programme for the day


Rehearsal in the Cathedral


Choral Eucharist: OCs and the Cathedral Choir. Music:

  • Mass setting: Schubert in G
  • Communion motet: Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus
  • Organ Voluntary: Bach - Toccata in F


Lunch at the Chantry


Rehearsal in the Cathedral


Evensong: OCs and the Cathedral Choir. Music:

  • Introit: Bruckner - Locus Iste
  • Responses: Michael Walsh (cathedral choir only)
  • Psalm: 135, vv. 1-14 (cathedral choir only)
  • Video of GordonMagnificat and Nunc Dimittis: Harwood in A Flat (with Gordon Pike singing the tenor solo for his 100th time, which was then repeated in unison by all singers as a surprise 'token of respect' for Gordon - video of this epic event, recorded by Laurence John, Organ Scholar, from the organ loft)
  • Anthem: Wesley - Blessed Be the God and Father
  • Anthem after the Blessing: Richard Shephard - The Strife is O'er (commissioned by Geoffrey Mitchell (old chorister) to mark the 25th anniversary of the foundation of ECOCA and first performed at the 1989 reunion)
  • Organ Voluntary: Vierne - Final (Symphonie VI)


Tea in the Chapter House


Annual General Meeting, in the Pearson Room, Cathedral Cloisters


Dinner at the Mercure Southgate Hotel, Southernhay East.

Guest speaker: Simon Toyne (Old Chorister 1979-1984)