After five years of singing in the Choir of the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace, Edmund, as a result of unstoppable natural phenomena, will retire at the end of July. He was Head Chorister for the last two terms of his tenure. It may be inferred from this photograph that the Chapel itself is small, which makes this choir the smallest of its kind in the country – just ten boys and six men. Only one side – cantoris – is pictured here. This means that the boys have to take unusual responsiblity for what they do from their first appearance, usually at the age of eight. By and large this is good, if challenging, and possibly as a result of it the choir can be quite exceptionally strong, which it is at the moment – two 8-part Bach motets on two consecutive Sundays is an achievement both Edmund and I will remember for years to come. The livery was designed in the 17th century.