from our partnerFaithwire
written byWill Maule
Passengers aboard a plane traveling from Poland to the UK were met with a beautiful sound when a touring British Cathedral choir decided to break into song mid-flight.
The choir, hailing from Wakefield in Leeds, England, was returning from a tour of Poland when it decided to provide passengers with a rendition of the Tantum Ergo—a Medieval Latin hymn written by St Thomas Aquinas, the immensely influential 13th-century Catholic priest.
“The pilot asked us if we’d like to sing, we were all initially tired and unprepared,” one of the choristers told the Pontefract and Castleford Express. “But after he encouraged us more we managed to mobilize and flash mob the plane.”
“This is taking the English choral tradition to new heights,” Revd Canon Leah Vasey-Saunders, Wakefield Cathedral’s Canon Precentor, told the Wakefield Express. “It was a fantastic end to our choir tour!”
The operator of the flight, Jet 2, also recognized the talent of those serenading its customers. “WOW… you all sound great!” the official airline account replied to the video. “We hope you had a pleasant flight and thank you for sharing this with us.”
While on tour in Poland, the choir performed in an underground salt mine, at a depth of 101 meters.