Outlook Issue 22 Winter 2016
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Come and sing
Impressions of a raw recruit ‘Come and sing' the advertisements said and come they did, some from quite far afield. 138 of us poured into the Church Centre to be greeted with name- badges, coffee and sheet music. That set the tone. It was so well organised and we were beautifully hosted by the choir – and encouraged throughout the day. In the morning Bob and Andrew whizzed us through one hymn, four anthems and the Vivaldi Gloria, with Lesley at the piano. After coffee, we split into two – sopranos and altos in church with Andrew, and tenors and basses in the hall with Bob and Lesley. Unfamiliar with all but one of the pieces, the secret for me was to sit near choir members (conveniently identified by their blue badges!) and next to a good singer. By the time we returned to the church after our packed lunches, the orchestra had arrived. After an exciting full rehearsal, including all soloists, the concert began. It was marvellous and rather remarkable that it all came together. Thank you Bob, Andrew and Lesley. Thank you, choir, for all your behind-the- scenes work. Thank you, cake-makers and caterers. It was a wonderful day. Alison Wintgens Thank you, Canticum! I was Glad was the title of the concert given by Canticum, under conductor Mark Forkgen, to a packed audience in St Mary’s Church on 24 September. Word must have got around that this evening of The Best of English Anthems was not to be missed – Wow! This professional choir (about 20 voices) sang with such an enormous variety of sound and unity of sound. The programme featured works from the late 16th to the late 17th centuries, Byrd to Purcell in the first half. In the second half were anthems written as recently as Geoffrey Burgon’s beautiful Nunc Dimittis, with the organ joining the choir in a triumphant finish in Parry’s I was Glad. Not only were Canticum generously supporting St Mary’s Fabric Fund, they also joined the church choir for the ten o’clock service the next day, when the combined choirs sang an anthem conducted by Mark Forkgen; an exciting experience for both congregation and church choir. Canticum will be oh, so welcome, should they ever decide to visit St Mary’s again! Mary Blyton