Plans for the 2018 tour taking shape, with three out of five churches confirmed. In addition to Wimborne Minster, S. James, Poole and SS. Peter & Paul, Cattistock, we hope to sing in S. Michael, Stinsford where Thomas Hardy is buried. Dates are 15–22 July.
Planners of carol services should consider the vocal stamina of congregations when choosing carols. By the end of an otherwise very well-thought-out service we (two competent singers) were nearing vocal exhaustion after singing through, in quick succession, all verses of ‘The holly and the ivy’, ‘Angels from the realms of glory’ and ‘The first Nowell’, all of which sit very high in the average voice. But the mulled wine afterwards helped to restore tired vocal cords!
Yesterday at the Royal Albert Hall two huge groups of singers, 1,400 of them aged 6–25, and 3,200 aged 15–90, left the building inspired and wreathed in smiles after The Scratch® Youth Messiah and Messiah from Scratch® respectively. The power of choral music to create goodwill and harmony among human beings simply cannot be overstated. We all need more of it, not less!
John Rutter sums it all up in an interview from March 2015, saying that a ‘choral music is not one of life’s frills’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm-Pm1FYZ-U). If you’ve not seen this clip, watch it.