~ Old Choristers and Friends Day ~

King3(web)2009-10 004(web)Simon(web) The end of the Choir year finally arrived on Sunday, 3rd July, blessed with sunny skies and tables of contented friends enjoying the       occasion.  It was a time to look back over what had been achieved and look forward to a well earned summer break.This year’s Friends Day was made even more special with the company of many former choristers.  The former choristers were able to join the current choir to sing at the 10.30am Sunday Mass in the   Abbey Church.  The Mass was presided by Fr. Dominic Taylor, OSB, who welcomed the former choristers, their families and friends. The music for the Mass included Schubert’s beautiful mass setting in C.  At the offertory the choir sang Parry’s most popular piece “I was Glad” – the opening bars really sent a shiver down your spine.  At Communion the choir sang “Ave Verum” by Colin Mawby.  It was a wonderful sight to see the choir full with young and old singers standing alongside one another – a real testimony to the way the choir contributes to the growing family of St Benedict’s.

After Mass many of our former choristers, friends and parents enjoyed a wonderful reception in the Maurice Fowler Hall.  It was a great chance to really catch up and reminisce over the successes of the year.

It was then time to say some farewells and a few thank yous.  We were particularly sad to say farewell to Simon Hogan, who has been invaluable in his role as Organist for the past three years.  He thoroughly deserves his appointment as Organ scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral.  We wish him every success.  We also said farewell to Dominic King (Abbot Scholar) and Sam Lubkowski (Head Chorister) who have contributed so much to the choir over many years.  There were also many people to thank, not least Mrs Mill our wonderful choir matron.  Finally, thanks was extended to Chris Eastwood for all his hard work over the year.  Until next year!