As ever, we have begun the year in dramatic style – purely in the theatrical sense. On Saturday 5 January, our Friends organised the annual Epiphany Supper which took a Shakespearean theme in honour of our visit to Worcester – capital of the neighbouring county to the Forest of Arden, at least – where we will be singing for services at its cathedral in August.
Carols from the choir were followed by a splendid repast cooked and served by mums and wives: the Bard’s Pork Casserole, followed by Puck’s Pear and Ginger Sponge, Falstaff’s Hot Fruit Salad or Globe Chocolate Slice.
A couple of jazz piano arrangement for four hands played by Simon Grant and and the Revd Tim Sledge preceded the main event: an entertainment laid on by men, boys and some of the ladies. Entitled Shakespeare in Disbelief, it charted Will’s quest to cobble together elements of a play for Romsey Abbey Choir, reusing chunks from other plays because the good folk of Romsey, ‘being of meagre learning’, wouldn’t know the difference. The audience was encouraged to shout out the names of plays being channelled and made a good job of disproving Shakespeare’s assertion.
A full house of some 90 guests enjoyed the evening, which raised over £700 towards the cost of our visit to Worcester.
Last Friday, 18 January, despite several hours of snow during the day, boys and girls enjoyed their annual visit to the pantomime put on by Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society; this year it was The King’s New Clothes. We are grateful to our Parochial Church Council for kindly fundng the evening in recognition of the choir’s contribution to worship at the Abbey.