October 2000 music list Music being performed by the Choir this month is as follows: 1 October, Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity & Harvest Festival Sung Eucharist, 10am (Girls’ Choir) Mathias in C Wetherell: All things bright and beautiful Bach, arr. Fox: Now thank we all our God   Evensong, 6.30pm Tye: O come ye servants of the Lord (Introit) Harris: Glory, love and peace Hollins: Trumpet Minuet 8 October, Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity Sung Eucharist, 10am Darke in E (Collegium Regale) Middleton: Let my prayer be set forth Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B flat   Evensong, 6.30pm Travers: Ascribe unto the Lord Bach: PreludeMore »

September 2000 music list Music being performed by the Choir this month is as follows: 3 September, Eleventh Sunday after Trinity Sung Eucharist, 10am Harker in G Oldroyd: Prayer to Jesus   Choral Evensong, 5.30pm Responses: Sanders Murrill in E Balfour Gardiner: Evening Hymn Friday 8 September, Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary Solemn Sung Eucharist, 7.30pm Leighton in D Rachmaninov: Ave Maria Langlais: Incantation pour un jour saint 10 September, Twelth Sunday after Trinity Sung Eucharist, 10am Sumsion in F Elgar: Ave verum corpus   Evensong, 6.30pm Moore: Through the day thy love hast spared us 17 September, Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity Sung Eucharist,More »

Cynthia Snell recounts her Choir Holiday experience No standard package holiday Our accommodation, in a convent school at Westgate-on-Sea, was spacious, although some of the bedrooms were so recently refurbished that the walls had not been painted and the windows lacked curtains!. There was a common room for the adults in which we could relax, sew, drink coffee, chat, watch choir videos and attempt to finish a seemingly impossible jigsaw puzzle. Fortunately, the weather was mostly good – apart from the final evening it began to rain just in time for our barbecue and our visit to the local beach. when the wind blew upMore »

Edward Gower, Senior Chorister, recalls his week in Canterbury The view from the end of Decani When we first arrived, the school seemed very big and we had to wait around outside while Dick worked out where everyone’s room was. There were stairs everywhere and the boys dormitory was right at the very top of the building, (of course!) but it was great because we were all together in one big room. The school had very good facilities and had a pool table, table tennis, table football as well a large green next to the nunnery where we played football. Canterbury Cathedral Canterbury Cathedral isMore »

Sam Stollery, Senior Chorister, describes his choir holiday The view from the end of Cantoris With the planning and arrangements taking four years, the Millennium trip to Canterbury Cathedral was well worth the lengthy preparation. Our first steps off the minibus were at Canterbury Cathedral. When we saw how large and impressive it was, we knew we were in for a good sing. We arrived at Ursuline College and it was as grand as the Cathedral and quite different from anywhere we have stayed before. After the journey and the exhausting trip to the top floor dormitory, the boys had good reason to sleep soundlyMore »

Local newspaper praises this site…again! The Romsey Advertiser has singled out these pages for special praise in an article that appeared in the edition published on 18 August: “One of the most impressive (sites about Romsey) is the Abbey Choir website where you can even listen to the choir singing. “You are also able to find out all about the choir, where they are singing next and – for those travelling from further afield – a map of how to get to Romsey Abbey. “Why not plan a day’s shopping in Romsey in conjuction with one of their concerts?” Whilst the latter idea might beMore »

Canterbury Cathedral music list Music performed by the Choir during the course of services at Canterbury Cathedral was as follows: 15 August Choral Evensong, 5.30pm Responses: Clucas Psalm 78 Wood in D Harris: Behold the tabernacle of God 16 August Choral Evensong, 5.30pm Responses: Clucas Psalms 82–85 Watson in E Howells: Like as the Hart 17 August Choral Evensong, 5.30pm (Gentlemen Choristers) Responses: Rose Psalm 89 Sumsion in G Wood: Great Lord of Lords 18 August Choral Evensong, 5.30pm Responses: Sanders Psalm 93–94 Noble in B minor Wood: Hail, Gladdening Light 19 August Choral Evensong, 5.30pm Responses: Sanders Psalm 98–101 Murrill in E Ives: OMore »

July 2000 music list Music being performed during the course of services at the Abbey this month is as follows: 2 July: Second Sunday after Trinity Sung Eucharist, 10am (Girls’ Choir) Evensong, 6.30pm Hurford: Litany to the Holy Spirit Howells: Like as the hart Cocker: Tuba Tune (in memoriam D.T.B.) Bach: Largo (Sonata No. 2, BWV 526) 9 July: Third Sunday after Trinity Sung Eucharist, 10am Evensong, 6.30pm Jackson in G Wood: Hail gladdening light Whitlock: Here O my Lord Bach: Adagio e Largo from Sonata III BWV 527 Vaughan-Williams: Prelude on Bryn Calfaria   16 July : Fourth Sunday after Trinity* Sung Eucharist, 10amMore »

Mike Rowland considers the future of the all-male choir A goodly inheritance? Choirs of men and boys have been singing in our Cathedrals for around a thousand years. Few living traditions of such antiquity can match their enchantment, nor equal their power to enrich our spiritual lives. The fleeting beauty of the treble voice, in particular, touches us as perhaps nothing else can. The loss of this tradition, as we currently know it, would be unthinkable. Our own all-male choir at the Abbey is indeed a jewel in the Church’s crown, offering as it does the rich musical repertoire distinctive to the Cathedral genre. GirlsMore »

News from the Girls’ Choir Meanwhile, back at HQ While the Choir were off gallivanting around Holland, under the pretence of delivering sacred choral music to the people of the Netherlands, the Girls’ Choir was holding the fort back in Romsey. The Girls sang both of the Sunday services, which is something that we have not done before. With the combined prayers of Diane, the Choir, the Crucifer and the Verger, there were torrential storms at about 6.00pm on the Sunday evening, which made it impossible to process down to the fields, as is the tradition on Rogation Sunday. Everyone was a little worried aboutMore »