On Sunday 14 November 2010, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of our first joint service with the Choir of Sherborne Abbey. We have sung together twice a year ever since 2000.
Choral Evensong began with the rousing hymn Stand up for Jesus; others included Soldiers of Christ arise and Through all the changing scenes of life.
The canticles were sung to Charles Villiers Stanford’s Evening Service in G; the ethereal solo part in the Magnificat was taken by a chorister from Sherborne Abbey and Jon Sketchley from Romsey Abbey Choir sang the baritone solo in the Nunc Dimittis.
The anthem was Herbert Sumsion’s They that go down to the sea in ships, a colourful depiction of mariners riding out a tempest. Peter Bray delivered a suitably stormy accompaniment on the organ. The service was preceded by a much-appreciated tea prepared by the Friends of Romsey Abbey Choir.
Robert Fielding commented afterwards: ‘Conducting two choirs of this calibre in such exciting music was a real pleasure and after 10 years of singing jointly, both choirs look forward to many meetings to come in both Sherborne and Romsey Abbeys.’
This morning, as well as the usual 10am Sung Eucharist, we are singing for Romsey’s Civic Service of Remembrance at 11.30am, to be attended by the Mayor and other dignatories, as well as local Scouts, Guides and cadet forces.
At 5.30 pm next Saturday, we will be singing Choral Evensong at Winchester Cathedral. Do join us there.