Dunster by candlelight




On Saturday 4 December we were joined by Claire’s Tiverton choir to perform in ‘Dunster by Candlelight’. Our combined choirs are called ‘More Voices’.
For this annual pre-Christmas event, the beautifully preserved medieval village of Dunster in West Somerset lights its streets and houses with candles and lamps. There is a lantern lighting procession where families, children and stiltwalkers – who put up the lanterns – process through the town. An array of street performers entertain the crowds, as well as many singers – including our choirs.
St George’s of Dunster, the church in which we sang, dates back to the thirteenth century, with a beautiful cloister garden (not that we could see it at night) and a wonderfully carved rood screen. Led by our beloved leader Claire, we sang a variety of upbeat numbers, including a Maori song Nga iwi e, a Georgian chant Tsmindao gmerto and Ding dong merrily on high – to help get everyone in the Christmas mood.
Harmony singing in a beautiful ancient church was an extremely enjoyable experience, the quality of the harmonies enhanced by the excellent acoustics and the cheerful , responsive audience. Many new members took part – our choirs continue to expand as more and more people experience the pleasure of singing for fun, with a performance thrown in now and again (for those who want to).
We hope to see you there next December!

Melissa Graeme




From Dr Mike Fletcher, Deputy Church Warden, St. Geoges Church, Dunster.
To Claire, dated 14th December 2010.

Dear Claire

I Just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and the " More Voices" choirs for your excellent performance in St. Georges Church at "Dunster by Candlelight" again this year. I have received much feedback from members of the audience, all very positive!.

We collected donations totalling some £759 over the two evenings of " candlelight" this year, which will be split between St. Margaret's Hospice and the church restoration fund.

Please pass on my thanks to the members of the choirs and I very much hope that you will be able to join us again for "Candlelight" in the future.


4 December 2010