Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service At Bath Abbey This Sunday!
Hundreds of people are expected to attend a special service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Bath Abbey on Sunday 3 June at 10am. The Abbey’s combined Choirs comprising of more than 60 boys, girls and men will sing music selected from the 1952 Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey including 'Coronation Te Deum' by Sir William Walton, William Byrd’s 'O Lord', 'make thy servant Elizabeth' as well as 'I was glad' by Sir Hubert Parry, last heard in Westminster Abbey at the Royal Wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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Bath Abbey writes:
The Choir will be accompanied by the Abbey’s great Klais Organ and the English Festival Brass, directed by Gavin Wells, with Peter King, the Abbey’s Director of Music, conducting.
This service is open to anyone who would like to attend and join in this special celebration. Admission will be by free ticket only which will be available on the door on the morning of the service.
Edward Mason, Rector of Bath Abbey, said: “The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is a very special and historic occasion which means a great deal to many people. Her Majesty, the Queen has had a remarkable reign not only as the Head of State and Commonwealth, but also as the Head of the Church of England. We wanted to give people the opportunity to come together in celebration of her years of dedicated service and to give thanks for all that she has contributed throughout her lifetime.”
The Abbey bells will also ring out in jubilation. There will be an hour of ringing from 9am to 10am for the Diamond Jubilee Service, followed by an attempt for a full peal, starting at 11.30am, timed to finish before the 3.30pm Choral Evensong at the Abbey. The ringers for the peal will be from churches in and around Bath, including some of the Abbey’s own bellringers.
Will Willans, Abbey Tower Master, said: “At the last Diamond Jubilee, that of Queen Victoria, there might not have been any “ringing of the bells” at the Abbey due to everything being in such a bad state of repair. However, the bells did ring after all thanks to a £200 donation by the Mayor and an anonymous donor. This time, however, everything is in good order, and we are delighted that the bells will play a full part in HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Find out more about the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations at Bath Abbey!
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