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Festival Books now available!

The books for the 2018 Festival on 24 November are now available to purchase.

We have a limited stock of these for sale at £5 per copy and when they are sold out further copies can be purchased direct from the RSCM at £6.95 per copy.

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2018 Festival Details

The timetable is:

2.00pm Choirs arrive and robe in Chapter House
2.15pm Seating arrangements
2.30pm Rehearsal
4.30pm Break (please bring your own refreshments) and rehearsal for Award Winners
5.15pm Choirs robe and process
5.30pm Festival Service
6.30pm Depart and Photo-call for Award Winners

The Service is from RSCM Publication  ‘King of Glory, King of Peace’ and will be:
Introit: O sing to the Lord (Nardone)
Preces and Responses: Bramma
Hymn: Crown him with many crowns
Psalm 145
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis: Ives
Anthem: Te Deum in F (Ireland)
Hymn:  Rejoice, the Lord is King

We have 300 copies for Worcester which we can sell at £5.00 per copy. Selling on a first come – first served basis. Available from Mark Wilson from next week. mark@holland-house.me.uk or 01905 353939. Once these are sold out further copies are available from

RSCM Music Direct full price is £6.95 per copy.

Regional rehearsals are planned for:
Worcester – James Lancelot
Kidderminster – Robin Walker
Malvern – Piers Maxim

Full details to follow…

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Two seasonal events coming up!

There are two events in the next 2 weeks that may be of interest.

On Palm Sunday there is service of music and readings at All Saints, Wribbenhall at 5pm. All welcome.

On Wednesday of Holy Week the annual Netherton Come & Sing Crucifixion.

Full details of both can be found on the Events page.

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Watch the maestro at work!

An open invitation to observe a choir rehearsal.

Our next event, joint with the Worcestershire Organists’ Association, is an unusual and fascinating opportunity to observe choir practice at Worcester Cathedral. This will take place on Saturday 24th March at 4.30pm, followed by evensong at 5.30pm. There is no need to book in advance.

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Moving to pastures new (across College Green)

Worcester Cathedral announces that the Assistant Director of Music, Christopher Allsop is moving on to work at the Kings School Worcester.

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Christopher Allsop,  Assistant Director of Music and Assistant Organist at Worcester Cathedral, has been appointed to the new full-time post of Assistant Director of Music at the King’s School Worcester, with effect from September.

The Dean of Worcester, the Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, said, “We are delighted for Chris’s sake, and offer him our warmest congratulations, but we shall be sad to lose him from the Cathedral staff after fourteen years of able and distinguished service. The School have created this new post, and the fact that Chris has been appointed to it, can only strengthen the already strong links between the Cathedral and the School.”

The Headmaster of King’s School Worcester, Matthew Armstrong, said, “King’s is enormously fortunate to have been able to appoint a musician of Christopher Allsop’s ability and experience. We are excited by the vision he has for this new role, and know that Chris’s knowledge of the Cathedral will assist us both in our ongoing work together and in the further enhancement of the musical programme at the school.”

Christopher Allsop said, “After fourteen fantastic years at Worcester Cathedral, I’m excited to be able to develop the new role of Assistant Director of Music at the King’s School. I very much look forward to working with colleagues and pupils there, as well as keeping a close association with the Cathedral. The new job involves a broad mixture of class teaching, piano and organ playing and teaching, liaison with both King’s junior schools, direction of choraland instrumental ensembles and outreach development. Inheriting a half-time post fourteen years ago, I’ve helped develop it into a busy and fulfilling full-time job. I’ve been responsible for the recruitment, training and conducting of the girl choristers (and previously the Voluntary Choir), the majority of the Cathedral’s organ playing and daily work with the boy choristers. Plus I’m also the accompanist and assistant conductor for the Worcester Festival Choral Society, and organist for the Worcester Three Choirs Festivals. I’ve been lucky enough to have had fantastic colleagues amongst the choirs, organists, clergy and congregations. I can’t thank them all enough for their wonderful support both over the years and in my new role at King’s.”

The Cathedral’s farewell to Christopher will be on Sunday 1 July 2018.

Photo credit Michael Whitefoot.

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Quiz cancelled

We are very sad to advise that the quiz evening planned for Saturday has had to be cancelled because of lack of numbers.

We hope to rearrange the event later in the year. Watch this space…

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Time is running out to get your teams registered for the quiz!

There is still time to get your teams registered for our general knowledge quiz evening and fish & chip supper on Saturday 24th February.

Do come along to this fun evening –  see the event for full details.

The organiser needs to be notified by February 21st with food orders.

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Come along to the Quiz night!

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2017 Festival Book Launch Event

The 2017 Festival Books have arrived!

Come to St Martins, London Road on Wednesday evening and have a “taster” with Christopher Allsop. Notes on performance will be given and copies can be purchased (£5 each).

See the event for further details.

If you can’t get to this event order your books online.

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