It was great to have such a full audience at our inaugural concert of the 2016 season. The concert was generously sponsored by Caroline Pym and her son Hugh in memory of her late husband Dr Michael Pym. Dr Pym was a well regarded GP in Malmesbury and he was one of the founding members of Malmesbury Abbey Music Society in 1971. The Choir of St Martin in the Fields was secured for the concert by Hugh.
The choir, led by Tom Williams, sang pieces of sacred music composed over the last five centuries to honour the Virgin Mary, a fitting subject for the eve of Mothering Sunday.
From the opening piece by Palestrina, celebrating the mystical act of the raising of Mary’s body into heaven, to the closing notes of Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, expressing the pain of Mary’s vigil at the Cross, the audience seemed rapt in the glorious harmonies, dissonances and counterpoint immaculately delivered by this highly accomplished choir.