Shute celebrates the solstice

PUBLISHED: 07:52 24 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:03 24 June 2016

The Shute School choir

The Shute School choir


Village church service featured prayers in Latin, probably for the first time since the Reformation

An historic choral Evensong with a robed choir from Shute Primary together with adult choristers was celebrated at St Michael’s Church, Shute on the solstice.

The service began with a procession of the full choir robed in red and white including 12 pupils from the school accompanied by local composer and organist Peter Lea-Cox.

The service was the first to include children choristers and with prayers and music in English and Latin, possibly the first time that the latter language had been used for prayers in the Church since the Reformation, said Bijan Omrani, local writer and parent who assisted in orchestrating the service.

The music included a set of Preces and Responses composed especially for the occasion by Mr Lea-Cox, who also finished the service with an improvised voluntary.

The children sang three pieces including an African spiritual.

The congregation of parents and locals were apparently so moved by the sung service that spontaneous clapping broke out as the choir processed back down the aisle at the end.

“It was amazing,” said one resident. “It was certainly a first for the children who had begun rehearsing only a few weeks beforehand.”

Clare Rinaldi, Head of Teaching and Learning at Shute Primary,who also sang with the choir and directed the children said: “It was a great success and a great opportunity for the children to experience choral music.”

The next Evensong at St Michael’s Church is planned to take place on Sunday, October 9.

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