Laudemus – our ‘summer evensong choir’ – is the brainchild of choral director and former King’s Singer Jeremy Jackman, and Maurice Howell (chairman of the Wimborne Arts Festival 1990–1992). Originally a good, one-off idea, hatched in 1990 to bring cathedral-style choral evensong to village church congregations around Wimborne, we somehow returned year after year, and celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2015.
Each summer Laudemus visits Dorset for a week to sing daily choral evensong in picturesque parish churches throughout the county (click here for this year’s tour details). The repertoire is wide ranging, and is different for each service on the tour. Thirty singers is our maximum – no room in village choir stalls for more – so every voice counts. When we’re not singing (most mornings) members of Laudemus are exploring Dorset, heading for the beach, or just being lazy; and most of us find it essential after evensong to make a bee-line for the nearest place to quench our thirst . . ..
Our singers come from all over the UK (and often further afield) and while in Dorset we are resident at Bryanston School in Blandford Forum; non-residents are also welcome. Any competent choral singer can join us, and thanks to the support of the Michael James Music Trust, the Ann Jane Green Trust, the Hywel Duck Scholarship and generous individuals who contribute to our scholarship fund, our trustees are able to award three or four substantial scholarships each year to student singers (aged 18–25), and bursaries to singers of any age.
If you’d like to join the Laudemus mailing list, and be contacted about future choral evensong tours, either as a singer or as a member of the congregation, click here to download a form.
Singers reading this in May or June, and wondering if there are any vacancies in the current year’s tour, should email Marianne Barton immediately.