WHEN DID you last hop in a plane, fly across Europe for a church service you
fancied, have lunch, and fly back again?
That is what a couple from Salzburg recently did. On the Saturday they read
on Southwell Minster’s website that, on the Sunday, the
Minster choir was singing Byrd’s four-part mass, plus a couple of motets.
(“Nothing out of the ordinary,” says Simon Bell, the assistant organist). They
booked a flight to Coventry, hired a car and came. It was a rare compliment to
the choir (pictured with their choirmaster, Paul Hale).
The Minster choristers have recently formed a special relationship with
those of Lund Cathedral in Sweden. Swedish boys came to spend a few days
singing at Southwell, and the English boys will soon be making a return visit.