St Augustine’s Church, Summers Street in Swindon is hosting an exhibition by Rodbourne Community History Group on Saturday 10th May 2014 from 10am in the Church. The exhibition is open to all and is free, but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.
During the afternoon at 2pm, there is an open invitation to all former members of the choir to visit the church for a reunion, during which there will be an opportunity to share stories, and form a ‘scratch’ choir, which will give a short performance of familiar hymns. If you know anyone who once sang in the choir, please encourage them to come along. We will also welcome anyone else who would like to come and join in.
The musical history of St Augustine’s began before the church was built when services were held in the old Parish Hall. In the early days, the choir consisted of up to 50 men and boys and sang in cathedrals and greater churches including St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. Sir John Betjeman invited the choir to stay on his Wantage Estate after visiting the church at Christmas time, and is said to have been a regular visitor to Evensong. Women were allowed into the choir for the first time in the 1970’s.
More information on the musical history of the church can be found here http://staugustines-swindon.co.uk/?page_id=103
For more information, please contact:
Revd Harvey Gibbons (01793 332323)
Neil Fisher (01793 693652)