The Area Festival took place in Exeter Cathedral on Saturday October 23rd.
This was in the form of a “Come and Sing” Evensong, directed by Peter Nardone, with Timothy Noon at the organ.
130 singers had booked, but illness prevented some attending, so the choir comprised 108 singers on the day.
The singing was of a surprisingly high standard considering the long lockdowns, and all those who have spoken, emailed and texted me really enjoyed themselves and were very appreciative of the efforts being made to put it on.
Louise Jones (Crediton) was awarded the Mike Ball Shield, Alex McNeice (Colyton) officially received his Gold Award, and was the excellent cantor for the preces and responses, and Tony Yates (Topsham) received the RSCM Certificate of Special Service which would have been presented at Celebration Day last year in Salisbury.
Especial thanks are due to Peter Nardone for his masterly direction of the rehearsal and service, and to Tim Noon for his dynamic accompaniments and voluntary. Great thanks to James Mustard for taking the service and preaching, and to Tom Salmon in the Liturgy and Music office for preparing and duplicating the orders of service. We are also indebted to the vergers for putting out and back the chairs and for dealing with the temperamental microphone.
Nicholas Brown – Devon Area Team Leader
The service book is available to download here.
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