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 dates from the early Twelth Century and boasts a Quire in the Early English Style and, on the North side, a Chapter House containing the remarkable carvings, known as The Leaves of Southwell.

Daytime excursions, organised by FORAC Chairman Dick Hewett,took us to Bolsover Castle, the Heights of Abraham at Matlock Bath, Newark Air Museum and the National Tramway Museum at Crich and were enjoyed by all.

The holiday has now also been written up in the Romsey Advertiser, whilst chorister Lawrence Dudley has contributed his memories of the week.