And so we reach the last few weeks before our summer break. As for the wider Abbey, it’s dominated by the Romsey Festival. The girls join Cantatrice and the Romsey Counterpoint Singers for a concert on Saturday 12 July, then both choirs sing in the Festival Evensong on Sunday 13 July that will be attended by civic dignitaries and the organising committee. The music – Stanford’s Evening Service in A and Parry’s I was glad – promises to be suitably stirring. At 9pm on Thursday 17 July, the men will be singing Compline; it’s a lovely way to end the day as the Festival draws towards a close.
Our next staging post in the year is a short tour to Hereford Cathedral, more about which next month. Looking back briefly at May, one of the high points for the men was a day of services by themselves on Rogation Sunday – Tudor polyphony in the morning and lots of plainchant at Evensong. This concluded with the annual walk down to Salmon Leap for the blessing of the fields. It was a beautiful Spring evening and a herd of cows duly came over to join the congregation, just to lend the almost customary element of comedy to the occasion.
Finally this month, I’d like to draw your attention to the recital by Dr David Goode at 7.30pm on Friday 25 July. He’s the Organist and Head of Keyboard at Eton College and a soloist of international renown, so this one should be especially good.