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October 7, 2018

George Richard Bostock Mazengarb, my Great Uncle, was killed aged 20 at the Somme (Delville Wood/Longueval) on 27 July 1916. My grandmother was just 18 at the time and she never forgot the impact on the family of the news of his death, delivered to the house by telegram. It was some months later that they received news about how he died and reading the two sources below, it’s not difficult to see how this young man’s experience is mirrored in the sentiment of Wilfred Owen’s...

September 14, 2018

"The autumn musical calendar will be heavy with remembrance to mark 100 years since the Armistice…" wrote Neil Fish of The Times in his review of last Thursday's Proms performance of Britten’s War Requiem. It was a magnificent occasion with the Huddersfield Choral Society, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the RSNO Chorus and RSNO Junior Chorus, the latter providing the distant boys' voices from the gallery way above us.

A number of Choir members were at the Royal Alber...

August 3, 2018

I’m not a practising Christian and some of my friends have voiced surprise that I enjoy going on a Cathedral residency quite so much. They ask me why I like it, seeing as it’s really going to church five times in a weekend. In a recent BBC4 programme about different Requiems, they posed the question: do you have to believe in God to enjoy a piece like Mozart’s Requiem? and maybe my friends really ask me the same question. I’ll try to explain why I think you don’t have to be...

July 28, 2018

There is not any Musicke of Instruments whatsoever, comparable to that which is made of the voyces of Men,, where the voyces are good, and the same well sorted and ordered- William Byrd, 16-17th century organist and composer. 

That just about sums up the sound members of Thames Philharmonic Choir are making at Chichester Cathedral this weekend, 27-29 July. And we're singing William Byrd's Mass for Four Voices at the 11am service tomorrow, Sunday.  There's no English 17th-C c...

July 15, 2018

For a perfect English summer's day out, combine the small, charming cathedral city of Chichester and fine choral music in its Gothic cathedral on last weekend July:  Thirty members of Thames Philharmonic Choir sing anthems, psalms, and settings by such luminaries of choral music as Howells,  Dyson and Stanford, at cathedral services Friday to Sunday 26-19 July, while the resident choir takes a break. The cathedral is a glorious mixture of medieval and modern, with dazzling...

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