In August 1985, twenty boys and ten gentlemen of Romsey Abbey Choir, together with their then Organist and Choirmaster Anthony Burns-Cox and Assistant Organist Jeffrey Williams, journeyed to Truro Cathedral to sing the weekend services at the invitation of the then Dean of Truro, the Very Reverend David Shearlock, formerly Vicar of Romsey. Eighteen years later, the Abbey Choir sang a week’s services in August 1999,after which the Choir was again invited by the Cathedral Clergy to return to Truro Cathedral. The choir’s annual singing holiday this year, however, had even greater significance as Jeffrey Williams – himself a Cornishman and, since September 1990, OrganistMore »

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 byMore »

Monday 5 May (Bank Holiday) Daniel Moult, London ex-Coventry Cathedral Monday 26 May (Bank Holiday) Timothy Rogerson, Assistant Organist at Romsey Abbey Friday 20 June David Hill, formerly Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral and Organist Designate, St John’s College, Cambridge Friday 11 July Luke Bond, Assistant Organist of St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick Friday 15 August Timothy Rogerson, Assistant Organist, Romsey Abbey Friday 19th September David Halls, Organist, Salisbury Cathedral Friday 10 October Valedictory recital Jeffrey Williams, Organist, Romsey Abbey Admission by programme on the door 5, 4 (OAPs & students) All recitals commence at 7.30 pm Sponsored by the Friends of Romsey AbbeyMore »

Where are ex-choristers now — Matt Brook Matt was in the choir from 1992-1998, latterly as head chorister. After gaining A- Levels at Peter Symonds College, Winchesterr, he is now on a gap year with a difference before heading to Durham University to read Business Economics. Having passed the Army’s stringent Regular Commissions Board he secured a gap year commission with the Royal Logistics Corps. During an action-packed year, he has passed out from Sandhurst, spent four weeks skiing in Bavaria, competed with great success in a major shooting competition and is currently finishing a six-week exercise in Jamaica. Here he has been responsible forMore »

Evensong for Rogationtide on 25 May involved a somewhat longer procession than usual for the choir and congregation: down the Nave, out of the North Door, past the Church rooms and all the way down to the fields behind Saddler’s Mill for the blessing of the crops. On the principle that if you’re going to do something that secular eyes might regard nowadays as somewhat unusual, you might as well do it in style, the gentlemen of the choir donned their academic hoods. The sight of grown men in choir robes certainly drew a few surprised looks from ladies out walking their dogs in theMore »

Jeffrey Williams has, with great regret, announced his intention to step down as Organist and Master of the Choristers with effect from the end of the year, in order to pursue other musical interests, principally his overseas examining work for Trinity College London, the examinations department of Trinity College of Music. He has been involved with the Abbey Choir for over twenty years, first as Assistant Organist and, since 1990, as Organist . During this time, he has built up the choir into one of the largest all-male parish church choirs in the region. In addition to leading the choir at regular services at theMore »