Diocesan Festival 2013

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Saturday 12th October 2013
Celebrating the anniversaries of the birth of Benjamin Britten and the death of Herbert Howells

We have been singularly lucky over the past few years to have a bright, cloudless, sunny day for our annual October Festival in Southwell Minster. Simon Hogan at the nave consoleThe weather this year was anything but sunny, and with the Great Hall unavailable because of the current building work we were forced to use the minster for all our preparation. This worked in our favour as we did not need to process outside in the rain, and we still had Trebeck Hall to accommodate the refreshments. 180 singers and the Minster Choir were directed by Paul Hale,Rector Chori of Southwell Minster, accompanied on the nave organ by Simon Hogan, assistant Director of Music.

Once again we had a music booklet printed for our choral evensong and were conscious of a number of composers whose centenary or anniversary fell during 2013; thus we included music by Benjamin Britten (Jubilate) and Herbert Howells (Sancta Civitas). To make a more eclectic collection we included the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D by E. J. Moeran, Save us, O Lord by Edward C. Bairstow, and a more contemporary anthem by Martin How,Arise, Shine, for your light has come, written in November 1983. Martin How as many of you will be aware was RSCM HQ Choirmaster in Addington Palace and is still very active.

A lull in the afternoon practice in the MinsterA lull in the afternoon practice in the Minster

After a comprehensive practice during the afternoon we dispersed for refreshments to Trebeck Hall and the minster where the vergers had very kindly set up tables and chairs for our use. Mentioning that gives me the opportunity to thank the Dean and staff of the minster for all their help and suggestions for yet another very enjoyable day.

This event also incorporates our awards ceremony. Awards were presented by the Dean and Bishop; a list and photograph of the award winners is included below.


Awards for Proficiency in Choral Singing after Examination

RSCM Gold Award

Emily Scothern

Bishop’s (RSCM Silver) Award

Sarah Norris

Dean’s (RSCM Bronze) Award

Tristan Green

Bishop’s Long Service Award

Margaret Cooper  
St. Peter & St. Paul, Oxton (35 years) 
Cedric Coates  
Holy Cross, Epperstone (49 years, in Blackpool/London/Epperstone)  
Joyce Stonehouse 
St. Mary & All Saints, Bingham (26 years)  
Sheila Jackson  
St. Helena, West Leake (61 years, 33 of them at
West Leake)  
Kenneth Jackson  
St. Helena, West Leake (79 years as singer and organist at East and West Leake)  
Gladys Aspland  
All Hallows, Gedling (25 years)  
Beverly Salmon  
All Hallows, Gedling (25 years)  
Martin Clark  
St. Mary, East Leake (31 years, beginning as a treble at St. Giles, West Bridgford)  


RSCM Award winners 2013
RSCM Award winners 2013

David Cowlishaw RSCM Southwell & Nottinghamshire Area Treasurer

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