Annual Church Service – Wed 12 Oct 22

The annual church service was held this year in St. Stephen’s Walbrook. This was followed by a champagne tea.

The service took on a different format from usual. As it was the 12th October, the day Edith Cavell is commemorated, the service centred around the theme of the self-sacrificing work of nurses, with Edith as one example.

Through words and music this theme was explored. Anna Dennis, soprano, sang various works including an extract from the opera “Edith Cavell”.  Violinist, James Wicks, played Elgar and later Olivier Messiaen’s final movement from “Quartet for the end of time”, composed in 1940-1 while Messiaen was a prisoner of war. The readings reflected the life of Edith Cavell and other nurses experiences of war, ending in news extracts of conditions in Kherson, currently under Russian occupation. The service gave a sense of reflection and meditation.

The company is most grateful to the soloists, Tony Morton (reader) and especially to Ian Shaw (pianist) who researched the readings and music together with our Honorary Chaplain Charles Pickstone