Little Waldingfield History Society was delighted to host a concert last weekend by the St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir (SEMVC), in aid of the St Lawrence church fabric fund, fulfilling a long held ambition of John Sparkes, a choir member, to put on a concert for villagers. John very kindly sponsored the concert, to which we had a huge response, absolutely filling the church with people and wonderful music, and raising more than £1,500 in the process.
Here are some of the responses from concertgoers who sent me their assessment after the event - all their own words, not mine:
My own assessment of the choir echoed all of the above, but with the following additional comments:
The programme was deliberately varied, both to create interest for the audience and display the tremendous range, versatility and sheer professionalism of the choir; songs performed included the following and many more:
Our 128 audience, who nicely filled St Lawrence, thoroughly enjoyed the concert, whilst the church, besides being a truly atmospheric space, helped create a wondrous sound which at times moved more than a few members of the audience to tears of joy during the performance.
Our next event will be on 7th December at 7.30 pm, when Michael Rimmer will introduce us to the Angel Roofs of East Anglia to reveal the history and development of these most fascinating works of art. As he notes in his book of the same name (highly recommended by the way) "Nowhere outside England can be found such a series of magnificent timber roofs as those which Westminster Hall and the angel roofs of East Anglia are examples".
Between 1395 and about 1530, several hundred were built in England; more than 140 survive to this day, almost exclusively in churches, predominantly in East Anglia and particularly in Suffolk and Norfolk. More than 90% of England's figurative medieval art was obliterated during the reformation, and it is incredibly fortuitous that angel roofs were simply too high too reach easily.
Michael's outstanding photographs will unveil to us all the astonishing detail and remarkable visual quality of these fantastic ecclesisatical objects dating from Tudor times and before. This talk will make a great introduction to the festive season, and we very much look forward to welcoming guests new and old to the Parish Room on Wednesday 7th December for what is going to be a most wonderful introduction to this fascinating piece of our local shared heritage.
To book tickets (£2.00 members, £4.00 non-members) please contact any of the following:
Sue Sheppard on 01787 247980;
Di Langford on 01787 248298; or
Andy Sheppard at firstname.lastname@example.org