Reminding us all that the 40 days of Christmas begin rather than end on 25 December, we’re singing a number of carols this month. There’s In the bleak mid-winter by Harold Darke on 10 January, See amid the winter’s snow by John Goss (we hope that’s not tempting fate!) and the Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, both on the 17th.
The girls begin the term with a new addition to their repertoire: Benjamin Britten’s New Year Carol. They and the men end it on Candlemas (31 January) with three more: Make me a light by Philip Wilby; Seek him that maketh the seven stars by Jonathan Dove; and the Nunc Dimittis from the Gloucester Service by Herbert Howells. The boys, for their part, will for the first time be singing Byrd’s motet for Candlemas Senex puerum portabat (An old man carried the child). With lots more like this to come during the term, George is certainly setting us some interesting challenges!
Tickets have sold very well for the Epiphany Supper on 9 January. If you want to come, please phone Geoff Mordan on 01794 to see if there are any tickets left. It promises to be a very convivial and enjoyable evening.