Minster wedding

Travelled to Wimborne Minster on Friday 31 August for the wedding of Margaret James (92) and Robert Cave (91). They are Britain’s oldest newly-weds, and a full Minster church wished them well. Google their names for more details and lovely pictures! (The Michael James Music Trust supports two Laudemus! scholars each year.)

Music list ready

We now have a music list for this summer, with some terrific pieces. Canticles include Francis Jackson (in G, just heard in todays Evensong from Keble), Howells (St Paul) and Gibbons (Second Service); anthems include Weelkes ‘I heard a voice’ and Wesley Ascribe unto the Lord’. Roll on July!

Fantastic response

Overwhelming response to this year’s invitation to singers: oversubscribed in virtually every voice (not tenors, of course, but they always require special nurturing). Makes life very easy for us, but very disappointing for those we will have to turn away, including some long-standing friends.

All in place

And the final piece of the jigsaw: Stinsford have confirmed us for Wednesday 18 July.The demolished musicians’ gallery was reinstated in the 1990s and now houses a little continuo-style organ in place of the instruments which would have been familiar in Thomas Hardy’s day. Will we fit up there, I wonder? And can we source music such as Hardy’s contemporaries would have heard? Watch this space!

Connecting with the world

After many months in gestation this website looks as if it might be functioning shortly; we will at last have somewhere to direct people if they want to know more about us.

And plans for the 2017 tour are starting to take shape, with two new churches to visit.  Someone said a few years back that we would soon run out of churches which would welcome Choral Evensong – thankfully that has not happened yet.