It was a beautiful sunny day at Bolton Abbey, The Priory Church, and we gathered to rehearse and perform our last concert of the season featuring Parry’s – Songs of Farewell.  Little did we know at the time of planning it that the title would be particularly poignant.  Due to the excellent new lighting system we could see ours scores this time and sang with only a couple of wobbly bits. But the audience did not notice and seemed very happy.

It was Richards last concert with us.  We have trained him well over the last 5 years and he was successful in his application to Cambridge University Symphony Chorus as Music Director.  A fantastic opportunity for him.

We sang the last piece with great sadness that we are losing him but also with good wished for his future. There were quite a few tears around.