July 2018

It will come as no shock to those who know me when I own up to having no interest in sport, despite being a school contemporary of Roger Uttley (who went on to Captain England's rugby team). However, I have several friends who avidly follow all kinds of sport and have not a grain of music in them! Each to their own, and all that. But my sporty friends and I are of one accord when it comes to learning that a football match is to take place IN Gloucester Cathedral...... Proof if ever it were needed that the C of E is scraping the bottom of the barrel in its attempt to woo would-be worshippers!

Apart from being an irreplaceable architectural gem, our wonderful cathedral is first and foremost a place of worship which is open to all. It has evolved over the centuries to include all manner of treasures and furnishings (like the organ) to accompany and enhance worship. No-one ever envisaged it as a rival to one of our vast football stadiums, and I wonder what the full-time maintenance staff  feel about a loose ball battering against priceless mediaeval glass and delicate wood and stone carvings; and what about the splendid seventeenth century organ case containing a few thousand pipes? No doubt there will be precautions taken, but sometimes a kicked ball has a mind of its own and is often drawn to glass...... Perhaps there could be a reason for such potential vandalism if there was no suitable field available, but I am sure there must be the odd field near the cathedral suitable for a football match to mark the World Cup?

Thanks to everyone who supported the Annual Choir Plant and Produce Stall. We raised around £200 – probably enough to pay our excessive Parish Share for a couple of days!

The Coffee Cake and Music recitals continue to attract large and appreciative audiences, and I am grateful to all who work behind the scenes to make things run so smoothly. The July recital, booked eighteen months ago, was meant to have been given by a Polish organist called Kamil Mika. However, he has had to cut short his UK tour as a long-awaited hospital appointment has been brought forward. Instead, Malcolm Kittle, the recently appointed Director of Music at St Mary's Thornbury, has kindly stepped in. Malcolm is from Kent and had organ lessons with David Flood at Canterbury Cathedral. He went on to  study Chemistry at Oxford where he sang in the choir of Oriel College.

He is currently working for a PhD at Bristol University. I have heard excellent reports of his playing and am sure that his recital will be well worth hearing.

                                                                           Nigel Davies

Music for July

July 1st           am   O For a Closer Walk with God – Stanford                                         Jackson in G

                       pm   O Saviour of the World – Goss                                                        Ayleward Responses

                            *The Lord is My Shepherd – Wesley                                                  Walmisley in D minor

July 8th           am   All-age Service

July 15th         am   Achieved is the Glorious Work – Haydn                                             Little Organ Mass – Haydn

July 22nd         am   How Lovely are Thy Dwellings – Brahms   Coronation Mass - Mozart

(Patronal Festival)

pm   Irish Blessing – Chilcott   Rose Responses

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation – Rutter Dyson in D

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