Women took centre stage musically on the morning of the Feast of St. Ethelflaeda. The Sanctus was sung to Ethel Smyth’s imposing Mass in D and the Agnus Dei to the setting by Oxford student Francesca Perry. Helena Mole took the solo part in Robert Fielding’s setting of Psalm 121, composed for the feast two years ago.
Maggie Hillier and Louise Newman stepped down from the FORAC committee at the AGM in the afternoon; we are all very grateful to them and their families for all they have contributed to the life of the choir.
New pieces by the boys and men this month include three carols by John Rutter, There is a flower sprung of a tree; his popular Shepherd’s Pipe Carol and a jazzy setting of The Twelve Days of Christmas We are singing the latter at the Carols for George concert on Saturday 13 December, in honour of former chorister George O’Brien. Orlando Gibbons’ verse anthem This is the record of John also makes a welcome reappearance. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols takes place this year at 6.30pm on Sunday 21 December. We are looking forward to it.
Tickets for the 2015 Epiphany Supper will be on sale in the Church Rooms after the 10 am Sung Eucharist during December. It starts at 7pm on Saturday 10 January – do join us then.