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Singing Safari - August 2009

On Saturday 22nd August we visited several of the smaller churches in the Melbury Team area and in Toller Porcorum to sing a short programme from our repertoire. Each informal performance lasted around 30 minutes.

The day started at the beautiful, but tiny church at Frome Vauchurch - St Francis. We began with Exsultate Justi by Viadana and went onto the spirituals Deep River and Didn’t it Rain with an enthusiastic audience showing their appreciation. It was standing room only!

It was then onto St Mary's, Frome St Quinton - access across a field - where we continued to show the variation in our repertoire - from motets by Byrd and Palestrina to a well received Over the Rainbow. A welcome lunch was then taken in a nearby garden.

After lunch saw us at the magnificent St Peter and St Paul at Cattistock where the ladies shone with their rendition of See, O see who is here? by Peerson to an organ accompaniment  by musical director John Mingay.

For the finale it was onto SS Peter & Andrew, Toller Pocorum with strong performances of Locus Iste by Bruckner and Greig’s Ave Maris Stella. Finally, an appropriately entitled Tea for two, as tea was then taken at the nearby village hall courtesy of Toller W.I.

It was clear that the day was enjoyed by both choir and audiences and we are already looking forward to next year’s opus. A collection for Julia’s House, Dorset's children's hospice, was taken throughout the day and raised almost £250.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of our Safari - route-masters, churchwardens, audiences and singers as well as our kind hosts for lunch and tea.

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St Francis, Frome Vauchurch
First stop - Frome Vauchurch

St Mary's, Frome St Quinton
Frome St Quinton

SS Peter & Paul, Cattistock
Church Tower, Cattistock

SS Peter & Andrew, Toller Porcorum
Nearly tea time -
Toller Porcorum

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