February 2000 music list Music being sung by the Choir this month is as follows: 2 February, Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas) Sung Eucharist, 7.30pm (Gentlemen Choristers with Girls’ Choir) Sumsion in F Eccard: When to the temple Mary went Messiaen: L’apparition de l’église eternelle 4 February, Fourth Sunday before Lent Sung Eucharist, 10am (Girls’ Choir) Mathias in C arr. Hewett: Be still for the presence of the Lord Gilbert: Epilogue   Evensong, 6.30pm Hilton: Lord for Thy tender mercies’ sake Peeters: Elégie 11 January, Third Sunday before Lent (Septuagesima) Sung Eucharist, 10am Jackson in E Rawsthorne: God be in my head Elgar:More »

Local surgeon remembered A late addition to our duties this month was the Memorial Service for Dr John White, late chairman of the Romsey Hospital Appeal, on Saturday 13 January. It proved to be another memorable occasion as a capacity congregation – both transepts were full, guests were seated, unusually, in front of the organ and still others stood against pillars – were treated to the sublime anthem by Edgar Bainton, And I saw a new Heaven, sensitively conducted by the Assistant Organist, Tim Rogerson.More »

And I saw a new Heaven. Copy, Houston? The Epiphany Supper this year saw the Choir set forth on journey through time aboard the Starship Enterprise. A strange chemical trace – could that be incense? – emanating from Romsey caught the attention of its computer (a rather disembodied-sounding Webmaster) and the scene was set. That upstanding citizen who has featured in previous entertainments, Ernest Headstrong of 6 Mill Lane, Romsey (Peter Brook), wished to find another era in which life was not as depressing as our flooded times. Thus he was spirited back by Captain Kirk (Jeff Williams) and his crew to the Middle AgesMore »

January 2000 music list Music being sung by the Choir this month is as follows: 7 January, Epiphany Sunday Sung Eucharist, 10am How in D Hopkins: We three kings Lang: Eastern Monarchs Bach: Wie schõn leuchtet der Morgenstern BWV 739   Evensong, 6.30pm Cornelius: The Three Kings Bach: Christ, unser Herr zum Jordan kam BWV 684 13 January Memorial Service for Dr. John White, 2pm Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man Brewer in D Bainton: And I saw a new Heaven 14 January, Second Sunday in Epiphany Sung Eucharist, 10am Harker in G Ouseley: From the rising of the sun Lefébure-Wély: Fugue in D minorMore »

Music through the ages The December 2000 music list demonstrates once again that Advent and Christmas provides the opportunity to explore music from all ages of the last millennium, from early Plainsong to carols by contemporary composers such as Ian Schofield, who composed a setting of the Cantate Domino for us last year. From darkness into light The beginning of Advent was commemorated on 3 December with a special order of service incorporating plainsong, anthems and carols – some well known, others less so – sung from all corners of the Abbey. Laden with symbolism, it proved to be a powerful experience. Early music atMore »

December 2000 music list Music being performed by the Choir this month is as follows: 3 December, Advent Sunday Sung Eucharist, 10am (Girls’ Choir) Matthias in C Ord (arr. Rose): Adam lay ybounden Bach: Wachet auf BWV 645   The Advent Procession, 6.30pm Palestrina: Mattins Responsory Vaughan Williams: The truth sent from above Four Antiphons for Advent (Plainsong, Mode i) The Advent Prose (Plainsong) Bruckner: Virga Jesse Floruit arr. Archer: The Sans Day Carol McKie: We wait for Thy loving kindness 10 December, Second Sunday in Advent Sung Eucharist, 10am Gibbs in A Stainer: How beautiful upon the mountains Bach: Prelude in C major BWVMore »

A tale of two Abbey Choirs We were delighted to welcome the Choir of Sherborne Abbey and its Organist, John Padley, on 18 November for a joint Choral Evensong. It was preceded by a game of football between the Choristers at Embley Park School and a splendid tea prepared by Choir Mums. Some fifty voices took part, making the nave of the Abbey reverberate in the crescendos of Balfour Gardiner’s Evening Hymn, yet also producing a focused sound in the quieter passages of the Psalm. We were pleased to see many Friends of the Choir and members of the wider congregation and look forward toMore »

Learning the organ? Destined for University? Come to the Abbey as our new organ scholar Applications are invited for the post of Organ Scholar, currently held by David Hewett. This appointment will be for the academic years 2001-2003 and would be suitable for a sixth-form or gap-year student, the latter holding the post for one year. Romsey Abbey enjoys a fine musical tradition – as you can appreciate from the breadth of activities detailed on this web site – and this will be an exciting opportunity for a young person to work alongside the Abbey Organist and his Assistant as part of the music team.More »

Meghann Brook reads the latest roll of honour The talent at the Abbey Luckily for me, the girls in the choir had lots of achievements during the course of last term, so I won’t have to write very much for this update! I will, however, just outline our exciting plans for the term. Our singing began again on the first Sunday of October, Harvest Festival, a service we all enjoy. We sang Choral Evensong on Saturday 14 October and in a new departure this year, we will be leading the Eucharist on All Saints’ Day on 1 November, for which we have been learning theMore »

November 2000 music list Music being performed by the Choir this month is as follows: 1 November, All Saints Day Solemn Sung Eucharist, 7.30pm (Girls’ Choir) Archer: Christchurch Mass Blatchly: Give us the wings of faith Alain: Litanies 2 November, All Souls Day Solemn Sung Eucharist, 7.30pm Darke in A minor Russian Contakion Bach: Wir alle glauben an einen Gott 5 November, Fourth Sunday before Advent Sung Eucharist, 10am (Girls’ Choir) How: Day by day Couperin: Offertoire sur les grands jeux   Service for the Bereaved, 6.30pm Noble in B minor (Nunc Dimittis) Purcell: Funeral Sentences Bach: Fantasia in G minor BWV 542 12 November,More »