Mea Culpa!

Apologies for the long absence from this blog - it’s been a hectic several weeks since Easter. The Walsingers contributed to the music at Ascension Day at the Parish Church and we seem to have transitioned to doing regular worship music with the Junior Choir. The Junior Choir also participated at H.W.’s Variety Show last Sunday at Walsingham Parish Hall - great fun and many thanks to M-P.R and Z.R. for all their help both leading and bolstering the ranks. Special thanks to Anna A. and Paddy A. for all their help with the guitar and drums at rehearsal and in performance.

With Harmer family work plans and summer holiday schedule I’ve decided to take a mini-break with Walsingers till mid-July. Date of next rehearsal possibly 16th July but TBC. Watch this website!

Meanwhile, the field our house looks onto in Hindringham has gone from muddy mess to neatly ploughed to sprouting green to lush growth. Peas apparently (according to the neighbours). And when it’s harvested the crop will be in the freezer within a couple of hours. Its been wonderful to follow the seasons around from November to now and see the procession of nature through the journey of the year. Poppies in the hedgerows have been a joy recently - we have them growing in our driveway also and I was mystified till recently as what they could be before they flowered, never having seen them grow up close. Have been mindful of WWI seeing the red blots where the car has carnaged through them periodically. The analogy is grim but they fall and rise so swiftly.

If you have a moment, do google Is my team ploughing - a song by Butterworth, text from a Housman poem. Not explicitly WWI related but written and composed a bit earlier than 1914. Chilling. And very, very beautiful.

It's almost Holy Week

Many thanks to the 25 of you who were there at rehearsal yesterday. Well done: sounding good.

For those who may be able to join us, the Walsingers Junior choir will be singing during communion at the 930am Mass on Tuesday 16th April at the Church of the Annunciation, Friday Market, Walsingham. Rehearsal beforehand at 9am in the church.

The senior choir will be singing at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Maundy Thursday 18th April, meeting at 6pm for a quick rehearsal with a 630pm start time.

Choir members: do please have a look at the recordings of the parts for Panis Angelicus, found on this website under ‘recordings’. ATB parts are there: sopranos - please google a recording of the piece and listen there on youtube or similar.

Many thanks to all of you for all your help with the music in this our first term.

“April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land”…

So wrote TS Eliot.

Here in Norfolk, we get grape hyacinths and daffodils.

Feast of the Annunciation + one

A full church at the Shrine for Mass yesterday. Glorious sunshine this morning as Isidore and Miri and I strolled to Hindringham Hall for the morning dog walk. Spotted a new public footpath to explore some other day. Charlotte made Pheasant curry for the group lunch after Mass yesterday - this rural life! Ah me!

Walsingers back in action this afternoon. See you all later.

Blow the wind southerly

Many thanks to the 24 of you who turned up for Tuesday’s rehearsal in the two choirs. I’ve enjoyed listening to our little recordings and will, as promised, put up a recording of the different voice parts of Panis Angelicus on this website in due course. Hopefully - that is… I find there’s many a slip ‘twixt cup and lip when it comes to technology.

Thank you to our new attendees on Tuesday also, plus those who’ve contacted me from seeing the article about the choir in the Fakenham Sun.

Next rehearsal will be Tuesday 26th March - please note: there is no rehearsal on Tuesday 19th March. We’re doing what an old school friend used to refer to as the “relly run”, down to Kent.

Nothing like a visit to London as an advertisement for Norfolk life: Dr Johnson may have been a wise old bird, but I guarantee that Norfolk chickens lay better eggs than those found in the Tesco’s on the Brixton Road.

We’re enjoying the drive-by stalls around Thursford and Walsingham currently. Wonderfully fresh veg at a fraction of the supermarket price. Homemade marmalade from Sylvia in Thursford with our own home-baked bread… Chicken Delight at Stockwell Tube just don’t compare, even if the opening hours are convenient.

A pox on this work thing that has blown me southerly for a few days… country road: take me home!

Freya seems to have been and gone!

Back to rehearsal tomorrow afternoon for our two choirs. 4:15pm-5:15pm ish for 11yrs to adult.

A very windy night here in North Norfolk as Storm Freya howled around the windows and wandered round house through the night. Sunshine and blue sky this morning, although chillier than last week. Miri our Jack Russell has been keeping up her church attendance. So far no barks, but she’s very fond of “Guide me o thou great redeemer” and has a tendency of singing along to that plus Lord of the Dance.

Freya is the only local who’s been doing any howling recently though, fortunately.

Thank you!

Many thanks to the 15 of you who turned up today - 5 in the juniors and 10 in the senior choir, including a few new members.

Good to have our rehearsal in the church today also - many thanks to W.F. for keeping things orderly. Hope T enjoyed the Jaffa Cakes!

2 days running our Jack Russell has had wanderlust - firstly in the woods at Wells and today in the fields of Hindringham. St Anthony came up trumps - thank you for praying Junior Choir. She’s looking very sorry for herself and being very quiet now, curled up on a sheepskin in the corner here at home. That dog! Grrr!

That owl's been sauntering around again

Well done the youngsters of the wcec group, many of whom are also part of the Walsingers choirs: a sterling effort last night at H.W.s excellent Variety Show, featuring some lovely performances. N.A. was most convincing as Cosette in Castle on a cloud. J.A. demonstrated an ungainlyly good comedy limp as Rumplestiltskin. Fortunately I managed to get into my car after the show - thank you D.W. - and A.A. for praying!

Owls are out a plenty at the moment, but the winter plumage seems unnecessary given the amazing sunshine we’re having today. 17 degrees currently here on 25th February in Hindringham. Hopefully the icebergs aren’t too warm a few hundred miles North… it feels strangely unseasonable here.

Walsingers rehearsal tomorrow, 3:15 and 4:15pm for junior and senior choirs respectively. See you there!

An owl flew past our bedroom window this morning

Many thanks to all who turned up yesterday for our first session: thanks for apologies also from those few who couldn’t make it. We had 13 at senior choir and 6 at junior choir. A good start was made on Panis Angelicus and the juniors sang Amazing Grace very nicely.

For choir members reading this, our next rehearsal will be Tuesday 26th February at the usual times for both choirs. For new members aged 11 or over (including adults), this is 4:15-5:30pm, in the Church of the Annunciation or possibly the upper room, accessed through the stairs at the right of the entrance.

Could hardly speak this morning, being thick with sore throat and cold. Was rendered even more speechless by the beautiful owl who sauntered past our bedroom window and flew back and forth over the field a few times. Hares were racing about in the distance earlier by the copse.