Dunster by candlelight

 

 

 DUNSTER BY CANDLELIGHT 2010

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

 




 

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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