An end-of-year message from Jeffrey Williams

The services on Sunday 20 July mark the end of another busy and successful choir year, one that has sped by and one that I have enjoyed immensely.

It has been a challenging year, in that since Christmas we have had one of the youngest line-ups of boys that I can remember. However, they have not been daunted and it has been a real pleasure to watch them grow in confidence and musical maturity. I look forward to seeing them rise to the challenge of the Singing Holiday next month. As ever, the hard work has been balanced by our programme of regular social events and these have been well attended and supported, which is gratifying for me and the organisers. The most recent was the Choir outing last week to Explosion and Fort Nelson, which was a most enjoyable day in glorious weather.

Perhaps the most significant event of the year has been the news of my intention to step down from my responsibilities at Christmas. My post was advertised nationally and attracted a good deal of attention and resulted in some very interesting and well qualified applicants. I am delighted to be able to announce that, following last week’s interviews and auditions, the post of Organist and Master of the Choristers has been offered to and accepted by Mr Robert Fielding MMus MPhil FRCO(Chm) GBSM HonBC. We look forward very much to Robert taking up his duties and I hope that it might be possible for him to become involved with us in the latter half of the Autumn Term, before I hand over in January.

The Choir Singing Holiday this year takes us on a return visit to Truro Cathedral, at the special invitation of the Cathedral Clergy, and many of you are coming along to this; I look forward to seeing you then. For those of you who are not able to be there, we meet again on Sunday 7 September.