On 12 July we will be saying farewell to Robert Fielding as he steps down after over 11 years as Organist and Master of the Choristers.
Robert joined in 2003 and, over the years, has introduced us to a wealth of new music from all periods: lots of Plainsong, introduced in his very first service with us; Renaissance motets by Lassus and Victoria; the Messe Solennelle by Louis Vierne and Stainer’s I saw the Lord from the Nineteenth Century; services by Stanford and Howells from the Twentieth; the Sanders Reproaches from our own time and even his own music, including his Evening Service in B flat minor, which we have been learning this year.
He has led us on a tours every year to cathedrals around the country: Durham; Ripon; Norwich; Peterborough; Exeter; Wells; Gloucester; Worcester and last year Hereford, as well as a visit to Belgium and Evensongs in Salisbury and Winchester – so many great memories. We also recorded a CD in 2012, O be joyful, that has sold very well.
In January we were delighted to offer a small music tribute to him and Kate to celebrate their marriage; it was a lovely way to celebrate the start of our last chapter together, as it has turned out. They will both still be in around Romsey as they build their new career together in property development; we in the choir wish them every success as they do so.