The Choir holiday was once again given a fulsome review in the local newspaper. Here is what was written: The choir of Romsey Abbey have recently returned from a highly successful week singing at Southwell Minster in England’s smallest cathedral city. The Abbey choir, directed by Organist and Master of the Choristers Jeffrey Williams together with Assistant Organist Timothy Rogerson, were invited to return to Southwell for their annual singing holiday where they first sang the music for the Cathedral services four years ago. The Dean of the Cathedral, The Very Revd David Leaning, welcomed the choir of sixteen boy choristers and eleven gentlemen, whoMore »

Chorister Lawrence Dudley reflects on a busy week On our recent choir holiday to Southwell Minster, all of the choristers were kept busy with a busy schedule of practices and services and daily outings. As the school where we stayed was about 25 miles from Southwell, this involved quite a lot of travelling in the minibus. I enjoyed all of the singing on the holiday, but in particular I liked the Howells Te Deum on Saturday night. The trips included a visit to the Earth Centre, which is an exhibition about the earths history and alternative energy sources. Also we visited an RAF museum whichMore »

The Choir of Romsey Abbey visited Southwell Minster in August 2002. Its annual ‘Singing holiday’ takes it to a different cathedral each August to provide the choral music at daily services in the absence of the regular Cathedral Choir. It is returned this year at the invitation of the Dean, the Very Rev. David Leaning, following a successful visit in 1998. Previous venues have included Chester (2001), Canterbury (2000) and Truro (1999). The Minster, granted Cathedral status in 1884, was founded in 956 and is one of four Minsters of the See of York, the others being Ripon, Beverley and York. The present building datesMore »

This year sees the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of the most prolific composers of Anglican Church music, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Several of his settings and anthems feature in our repertoire, including the Evening Service in C and the anthem O for a closer walk with God. Stanford came to prominence during the 1870s in Cambridge, where he was appointed assistant conductor of the University Music Society and later, whilst still an undergraduate, organist at Trinity College, Cambridge. There he raised the standard of the chapel choir and wrote the Morning Service in B flat (a Te Deum and Jubilate Deo) and,More »