On Sunday 7 September Romsey Abbey Choir held a cream tea to raise funds for its tour to Belgium next year. Disappointing weather meant it was held in the church rooms, rather than the Abbey gardens as planned, but it was attended by some 70 people, who all greatly enjoyed the event. Some of them came from the Earl Mountbatten memorial service in the Abbey, for which the choir had sung that afternoon.

As well as tucking into scones and playing football outside, the choirboys entertained with Bernstein’s One hand, one heart and the theme from The Vicar of Dibley. Julian Orchard’s account of Handel’s Do you not see my lady? was also warmly received. Afterwards they returned to the Abbey to sing their first Choral Evensong of the new term.

Robert Fielding, Romsey Abbey’s Director of Music comments: ‘The event raised about £250 and was a nice way of offering informal hospitality to some of the choir’s friends in Romsey.’