Choir member Paul Skelton writes
On August 3rd a group of Bingham members had the privilege of singing evensong in Southwell Minster.
A small group of 25 of us appropriately attired and led by Guy began in the crossing with an unaccompanied rendering of Tallis’s beautiful motet – ‘If ye love me keep my commandments’ – before processing to the choir stalls for the regular service.
Many are well acquainted with singing response and psalms but for others it was a challenging yet worthwhile experience. Our organist [former Southwell organ scholar Ben Mills] and Guy himself guided us expertly through these.
These were followed by settings in C by Stanford of the canticles – Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis whose ‘Glorias’ gave us a real chance to shine. The anthem ‘O Thou the Central Orb’ by Charles Wood offered another opportunity for us to sing out in the wonderful acoustic the Minster possesses and we made full use of it.
Our Chairman Richard Joyner summed up how we all felt:-
‘On behalf of everyone who took part, I would like to say a huge thank you to all involved in bringing about yesterday‘s successful Choral Evensong. It was an inspiring and inspirational event, one which I very much hope we will be able to repeat,
Special thanks go to to Bradley Poulson, Beryl Cottrill and our indefatigable MD, Guy Turner. Brad and Guy spotted the opportunity, and Brad and Beryl undertook the not inconsiderable organisational task of making it all happen. Guy chose music which was a joy to sing, but which it was possible to learn in a relatively short time. With typical commitment, he fitted it all around his short summer holiday.
We are also very grateful to Saint Peter’s Church, East Bridgford, for the loan of cassocks and surplices. (with the kind permission of Robert Taylor (Director of Music) and the churchwardens)’
Quite a number of us then finished off the day with a splendid Italian meal at the Piano restaurant.
A rewarding occasion enjoyed alike by all whether they sing regularly in church choir robes or not. It was good to experience and feel part of Cathedral worship.
Thanks again to Guy, Brad, Beryl and Ben.