Snowy landscape

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; andMore »

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 drawsMore »

1 June: Sixth Sunday after Easter Sung Eucharist, 10 am (Girls Choir) Mass for St. Benedict – Rizza Give us the wings of faith – Blatchly Choral Evensong, 6.30 pm (Girls’ Choir) Responses – Archer Evening Service – Burgon Glory to Thee – Tallis, arr. BrownMore »

Fourteen intrepid Romsey Abbey Girl Choristers, with their choirmistress Diane Williams, joined Winchester Cathedral Girls Choristers under the directorship of Andrew Lumsden onMore »