March 2019

On Sunday February 17th, we celebrated Lionel Jones' 85 year membership of our choir. The Rector presented Lionel with an engraved tankard, and he was photographed with the choir after the service. Eighty-five years in one church choir is a truly amazing record, and Lionel's commitment to our music is exemplary – he is seldom away!

When Lionel joined the choir in 1934, there was a waiting list for boy trebles as the choir stalls only accommodated sixteen singers and in 1938 he was one of three Dursley boys who sang at the festival in the Royal Albert Hall. By 1940 his voice had broken and he began to sing tenor; and he is still doing just that all these years later!  However, Lionel is not only a choir statistic. As an electrical engineer he has several patents to his name and, as a keen local historian, wrote a book detailing the history of the firm of Mawdsley's for which he worked.  

Much as we are delighted to celebrate the long service of our older members, we are always happy to welcome younger singers. Please get in touch with any member of the choir if you know someone who may be interested in joining us.

At the time of writing, we have started rehearsing the music for our annual Palm Sunday “Come and Sing”. This year it is Olivet to Calvary by J H Maunder. Like Stainer's Crucifixion it has admirers and detractors! Of course it's imbued with sugary Victorian harmony, but nonetheless  portrays the story of Jesus' journey to the Cross with some striking dramatic moments. A friend described it as an operatic version of Stainer's  Crucifixion,  and I reckon that's a fair description. More details about our Palm Sunday event next month.

                                                                            Nigel Davies

Music for March

3rd     am    Listen Sweet Dove – Ives   Stanford in C

         pm    A Clare Benediction – Rutter, Rose Responses, 
Collegium Regale – Howells
When in Our Music God Is Glorified - Sanders

6th     pm    Thou Knowest Lord – Purcell      St Stephen Mass – Ireland

(Ash Wednesday)

10th   am    Informal Worship

17th   am    He that shall Endure to the End – Mendelssohn
Missa L'ora Passa – Viadana

24th   am    Ave Verum Corpus - Byrd   Ireland in C

31st    am    Informal Worship for Mothering Sunday


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