Our Epiphany Supper took place on Saturday 10 January and proved to be the most popular in recent years. Some 90 people shared a hearty pork casserole followed by a choice of delicious desserts, all prepared and served very efficiently by parents and family of choir members.
The evening began with three carols from the choir: Peter Warlock’s setting of Adam lay bounden; Harold Darke’s In the bleak midwinter with Oliver Corbett father and his father Simon taking the respective treble and tenor solos; Adolphe Adam’s popular O holy night, for which Richard Holt sight-read the solo; and to finish, John Rutter’s up-tempo Shepherd’s Pipe Carol.
After supper, the audience was entertained by a range of musical and light-hearted items: a saxophone solo from Archie Jesty, pieces for two violins and piano from Oliver Corbett and his parents Simon and Emily; a joke from Archie Macintosh and a poem from Henry Roberts; a piece for baritone horn and piano from Nathaniel Taylor and his father Adrian; a comic duet between Dominic Brenton and Richard Holt envisaging a conversation between and a Rector and a rather dim Curate; a Confession for singers unearthed by Bob Smith and performed by the men, who also sang a couple of satirical hymns written by students at Salisbury and Wells Theological College.
Simon Grant and the Vicar, however, stole the show with their completely over-the-top rendition of Rachmaninov’s romantic Vocalise in honour of Robert and Kate Fielding, who had got married just the day before. The whole choir returned to the stage for the final item: John Rutter’s fun arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas; many in the congregation joined some very excited choristers in performing actions along to the singing. Many people afterwards said how much they had enjoyed the evening.