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Press release. The Athenaeum Singers concert 20th May 2017 Harry: Mass of the Martyrs: A Mass of St Denys Haydn: Te Deum Fauré: Requiem It is uncommon for a small town choral society to have a major work written for and dedicated to it. The Athenaeum Singers of Warminster will be presenting the world premier of one of the works at their concert on 20th May. The premier will take place in The Minster Church of St Denys; a fitting venue for a piece entitled Mass of the Martyrs: A Mass of St Denys. It is inspired by the martyrdom of St Denys, a third century Bishop of Paris, who persisted in preaching the gospel during the persecution of Christians by the Roman Emperor Decius. He was decapitated and legend has it that he walked a further 10kms carrying his head whilst continuing to preach a sermon of repentance. The work has been written as part of a doctoral thesis by the singer’s Director of Music, Edward-Rhys Harry. Most of the choral movements use the words of the Latin Mass, but the soloists tell a different story superimposed on these familiar words, and introduce the modern day sacrifice of victims of terrorism and the plight of refugees. One movement uses the words of Antoine Leiris, whose wife was a victim of terrorist attack in Paris, with its message of victory over hate. The four soloists for the concert have been engaged for their experience in opera and/or musical theatre, for the production will not follow concert format but will unfold in dramatic form. The British Sinfonietta, a leading independent professional orchestra, will provide the accompaniment. The first part of the programme will feature Haydn’s Te Deum, a joyful and exuberant piece of praise and celebration. From an Allegro opening it moves into a slower more contemplative middle section before returning to an allegro ending with syncopated rhythms. It is a joyous piece to sing and joyous to hear. Fauré’s beautiful Requiem follows, a work which the composer described as being ‘dominated.... by a feeling of faith in eternal rest.’ It was written as a tribute to his father and delights in rich, expressive melodies and a calm and peaceful sense of solace. This concert begins at 7pm and it will be exciting to experience the premier production of a work written especially for the town of Warminster and its Athenaeum Singers.

Contact: Alison Arthur 01373 832996


LETTER FROM JACQUES Muddling through

A former colleague of mine often said in his sermons that often the best we could do was to muddle through somehow. He had a doctorate in theology from Oxford but I don’t think it’s a theological term or concept. It reminded me of another colleague with whom I worked with in international development who use to say that we weren’t helping the various African communities we worked in developing even though that’s what we claimed. We were really just helping them to cope. It’s not the sort of thing you could say out loud in front of donors. Muddling through? Coping? Does this sound a bit defeatist? Does it sound like the tag line or clarion call of underachievers anonymous? It doesn’t match up with the current rhetoric of dream dreams, reach for the heavens, you can be whatever you want to be, you’re in charge of your own destiny, a church that truly wants to grow will grow, etc. These are all expressions meant to inspire us and spur us into action though sometimes they are really meant to sell us something we didn’t even know we needed. And what about the transforming power of the gospel? Where does that fit with just coping and muddling through? But I have to admit I’ve always found this idea sympathetic (as the French like to say). I find it accommodating. I don’t think it’s just to do with being a man whose “ cup is half empty” or someone with a distinct preference for music in the minor scales. There’s something more real about this and resonant with our day-to-day experience. There is implicit in acknowledging/recognizing this, a sense that we are not the masters of our destiny. In life there’s a subtle working of pre-destination that reminds us that our will is not as free as we might think it is. We’re not so much the masters of our destinies or in control of the situation as we might like to be or even led to believe. There’s the matter of our genes, our upbringing, our socio-economic background which for some people will propel them forward whilst for other will hold them back. Some of us will have an advantage over others, even before any effort on our part (or conversely a disadvantage through no fault of our own). Why does this sound blasphemous to some people? We know already in this country that if you’re an Oxbridge graduate you’re more likely to be in charge of things like the government, the news, the church, the judiciary, just to mention a few. In one sense, a feeling that we are muddling through, or just coping might be discouraging and disempowering. But in another sense acknowledging that our we and neighbours are just coping and that we are doing the best we can, might just lead us to a kinder, gentler, humbler, more generous and more compassionate outlook towards others and towards ourselves. It opens for us the possibility of grace and light in our midst. There is also something in this about having a more realistic view of ourselves and others, self-knowledge and knowing what we are capable of, both good and bad. That’s certainly a part of what Lent is about, growing in that self-knowledge about us, our relationship with God and our neighbour. It’s a source of hope as we muddle through, as we cope, as we are attentive to glimpsing the glory of God poking in and through are ordinary lives. That seems more real to me, more true to the life I live, the life I’ve been given. French Canadians are probably a pessimistic lot. It always amused one of my Belgian colleagues that when he asked me how I was doing I would answer in French, literally, “not worse”. I suppose the equivalent of the English saying “not bad” or even just “ok” though undoubtedly a degree removed. Perhaps I should simply say “muddling through, coping, not losing hope, waiting to catch the glimpse of something true and good and beautiful, and paying attention to what is there and not want I want or imagine to be there”. Or something to that affect, Amen! Yours in Christ Jacques

Minster Alms 

This is a monthly get together on the last Thursday of the month. We buy in a "take away" Fish and Chips, Indian or something else. You just sign up and we do the rest. Its just a great social gathering. All welcome.

Sunday Roast  

Sunday Roast Dinner returns. April 9th 12.30pm for more information please contact Sheila Pomeroy on 01985 214910.



Fun was had by one and all


Lent Lunches will began on Thursday, 9th March. There were 5 lunches and it has been agreed that this year the charity should be Save the Children and specifically child refugees. Contributions for the Warminster Food Bank will also be appreciated. We managed to raise at these events over £750 THANK YOU ONE AND ALL


We will be taking our annual weekend at this relaxed retreat centre not far from Branscombe Beach, Poole. A deposit £30 will secure your room. The cost will be approx. £180 full board. Further information from Sylvia Short or Parish offive


Many thanks for your help!Now fill them up with lots of dosh!!