It is always a very special event when the choir is asked to sing for a wedding, but it is an extra delight to be asked to sing in the Lady Chapel at York Minster. The wedding of Elliot and Carol took place on Thursday 11th June 2019 and 28 members of the Stamford Bridge Singers, under the direction Stuart Nettleship, gathered under the great East Window at the far end of the Minster for the ceremony.
Before the entrance of the bride the choir, accompanied by the assisting organist at the Minster, Christopher Strange, gave a lively, spritely rendition of the first movement from Vivaldi’s Gloria. The congregation heartily joined in with the two hymns , Give me Joy in my Heart and Lord of All Hopefulness, and then listened attentively to the four choir items: Be Still for the Presence of the Lord and Bruckner’s Locus Iste echoed the words of the Minster, Reverend Canon Michael Smith, by saying that this is a special place, where marriages have been celebrated for hundreds of years. Nichola was the soloist in Howard Goodall’s version of the Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd, well known for being the theme music to the Vicar of Dibly. She sang with a beautiful clarity and was sensitively accompanied by the choir. Stuart had arranged the well-known song Amazing Grace, and Sally, the guest soloist was joined by the choir, after a solo first verse. For many this was a very moving and powerful version of this famous song and the thrilling sound of the choir, especially in the fourth verse echoed around this wonderful building.
It was a great delight to be able to sing for Elliot and Carol’s wedding and we all wish them well for their future life together.