Saturday October 11th 2014
The centenary of the outbreak of WW1 has given many choirs the opportunity to echo this historic event in their 2014 programmes and design services round that theme.
Southwell Minster was the venue for our area contribution to a vast outpouring of remembrance over the last few months and in keeping with our usual rotation system between evensong and a themed service, the latter was designated. The considerable amount of building work on the Great Hall site had been completed and the fine October weather enabled the traditional procession from Great Hall to the Minster via the west door to take place. During the afternoon the choirs had a rehearsal to bring together the preliminary practices at other churches. The whole event was conducted by Paul Hale ( Rector Chori and Director of Music at the Minster)
As in previous years the opportunity was taken to present RSCM 2014 awards for church musicians. Award winners were:
RSCM Gold Award (by examination and recommendation)
- Rebecca Bailey (St. Leonard’s, Wollaton)
Dean’s (RSCM Bronze) Award (by examination and recommendation)
- Jonathan Bailey (St. Leonard’s, Wollaton)
- Emma Green (St. Leonard’s, Wollaton)
- Isobel Marner (St. Leonard’s, Wollaton)
Bishop’s (RSCM Silver) Award (by examination and recommendation)
- Tristan Green (St. Leonard’s, Wollaton)
Bishop’s Long Service Award
- Nancy Moulds (All Hallows, Gedling : 25 years)
- Shaun Hooper (St. John the Evangelist, Carrington : 25 years as organist)
During the choir and clergy procession, Simon Hogan (Assistant Director of Music) played Elegiac Romance by John Ireland. The opening words which followed were spoken by Jacqui Jones (Canon Precentor of the Minster) who had very fittingly combined a series of readings related to our remembrance theme.
Poem: The Great War by Vernon Scannell
The following 3 readings were Memories of Harry Patch. He was a Private in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry and interviewed by Andrew Motion (The Guardian 5th November 2008)
The main choral items were:
- So they gave their bodies to the commonwealth – music by Peter Aston
- Greater love hath no man – music by John Ireland
- In war: resolution; In defeat: defiance;
In victory: magnanimity; In peace: goodwill
words by Sir Winston Churchill; music by Malcolm Archer
- Lux Aeterna – music by Sir Edward Elgar (sung by the Minster Choir)
- Lord, Thou hast been our refuge from one generation to another
music by Ralph Vaughan Williams (trumpet played by Robert Parker)
The choirs and clergy departed to Rhapsody No 3 by Herbert Howells.
The whole event was very moving and the RSCM committee is again very grateful for the wholehearted support of the Minster staff on the day and the refreshments supplied by ladies from the local branch of WI during the break between practice and service.
If any readers have not taken the opportunity to view the renovated Great Hall and enhanced facilities on site, I thoroughly recommend a visit.
David Cowlishaw RSCM Southwell & Notts Area Treasurer