Choral Matins at All Saints Church, Turvey

Some 45 singers from around the St Albans and Bedford Area (together with two visitors from Northampton) sang Choral Matins at All Saints’ Turvey, near Bedford, on Saturday 19th June 2010. This provided an unusual opportunity for choirs to sing a service that is rarely held outside cathedrals these days.

Under the excellent direction of Roget Carter from Harpenden, the choir sang Stanford’s Bb setting of the Te Deum laudamus and the Jubilate Deo together with Handel’s anthem Lord, I trust thee from the Brockes Passion, as well as ferial responses, hymns and the psalm. The service was accompanied on Turvey’s 4-manual organ by Andy Benoy, who appropriately played Elgar’s Chanson de matin before the service and Impromptu No 3 by Coleridge-Taylor as the concluding voluntary. The officiant was Christopher Dawe.

Refreshments were provided on arrival and during the break by the good people of All Saints’, to whom we are grateful. Roger’s good humour in the rehearsal beforehand added a relaxing start to the morning, and a good number of the singers retired to Ye Three Fyshes for lunch after the service.

After lunch a number of people went on to a guided tour of Turvey House, an 18th century mansion built in the Italian style, lying at the entrance to the village, together with its surrounding gardens.

*** Event reviewed by Michael Brooks ***

Here are some photos of the event taken by Sue Abood
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