Choral Evensong sung on 4 May 2003 sung at Sherborne Abbey by the choirs of Romsey Abbey, Christchurch Priory and Sherborne AbbeyMore »

It is now Holy Week at the Abbey, one of the busiest times of the year for the Choir, as the music list confirms. Commemorations began this morning with the Sung Eucharist for Palm Sunday, preceded by a procession from the garden outside the south transept, and will continue with a further Sung Eucharist at 7.30pm on Maundy Thursday. The Gentlemen of the Choir will sing a Fourteenth Century Mass and Vocem meam audisti, a haunting setting by Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder of part of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. Good Friday sees the Choir singing Evensong unaccompanied. This moving service begins with the phrase CrucifixusMore »

Yolanda Massey reports on activities in the Girls’ Choir The Girls’ Choir has been steadily adding to its reputation in the Abbey as a valuable contributor to the music here. We have combined successfully with the men from the main Choir on two occasions since the last time of writing: All Saints Sunday and then, more recently, Candlemas. Both of these services received very positive feedback, and we certainly enjoyed the opportunity to improve the standard of our singing and enhance the variety of music that we perform. We have also been adding to our profile in wider circles: some of our younger members wereMore »

Charles Piper, Abbey Organist and Choirmaster between 1957 and 1980, has died at the age of 90 years, writes Michael Rowland The funeral service, held recently at Salisbury Crematorium, was attended by a number of former Abbey choirmen. The service included extracts of Charles Piper playing the Walker organ as well as items recorded by the Abbey choir when he was organist at Romsey Abbey. Charles Piper, who was a former Tenor Lay Clerk at Salisbury Cathedral, studied the organ under Dr Harold Rhodes and received the Limpus prize in the Associate Examination of the Royal College of Organists. On the occasion of his retirementMore »

Dick Hewett muses on his experiences of organising Choir social activities After sixteen years of direct involvement in Choir Holidays and the organisation of other social activities for the choir and supporters, I have decided to step down and take a rest for a while. It has been a very satisfying task, and there have been many highlights. What do I remember in particular? At the heart of my involvement have been the sixteen choir holidays for which I have organised the non-musical arrangements. This has included accommodation, travel, outings, and entertainment. There has always been support from a wide range of people. One suchMore »

Nicholas McQuitty reports on this year’s visit by choristers from Romsey Abbey to the Christmas pantomime at the Plaza Theatre On Friday 17 January 2003 the choirboys, accompanied by the choirmaster (under sufferance?) were taken to the Plaza Theatre to see the annual pantomime. This year it is Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood (my brother is actually watching it with his Beaver Scout pack as I type this article!). This was very appropriate following last summer’s choir holiday to Southwell, near Sherwood Forest (Robin Hood country). We really enjoyed the play and had many laughs. We also rustled our sweet papers, cheered theMore »