Bob Chilcott ‘Come and Sing’

On Saturday 2nd June, over 100 singers came together in Shipton church for a day’s singing led by the famous composer and conductor Bob Chilcott.  As it was the beginning of the Jubilee weekend, the music chosen had a Jubilee theme, including Parry’s I was glad and Handel’s Zadok the Priest, plus music by John Rutter and Bob Chilcott.

The event was in aid of Ascott-under-Wychwood Pre-school, and raised nearly £2000.  A wonderful time was had by all, aided no end by the wonderful refreshments, and our thanks go to all those who supported the event, not least the singers, some of whom travelled considerable distances for a chance to sing under Bob’s able direction.  We’re also grateful to Oxford University Press for supplying the music used, and to Bernard West, Shipton church’s Director of Music, who acted as accompanist for the day.

The day ended with a sing-through of the music covered during the day, giving a chance for family and friends of the participants, plus members of the church’s congregation, a chance to hear what had been achieved during the day.

Over 50 emails were received after the event from participants and audience saying what a great experience the day had been: “I haven’t been in a church choir for 25 years but, singing with a large chorus where a few breathless pauses wouldn’t be noticed, gave me the incentive.  Then, of course, it was the opportunity to sing with Bob’s direction that was the main attraction.  It was a wonderful day.”

The next major musical event in the Benefice will be a concert by the Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir in Shipton church on Saturday 8th September at 7:30pm.  For ticket information, contact us.  It’s also hoped that we’ll have another ‘Come-and-Sing’ event in the near future.