Lenten choir and duck racing at Wymondham Abbey
Wymondham Abbey’s choir will be performing a special concert of Lenten music on Saturday, April 8 at 5pm, and if this is not your cup of tea, the Abbey is holding its annual duck racing on Easter Monday.
The concert will take place in the magnificent surroundings of Wymondham Abbey and will be preceded by refreshments in the church from 4.15pm. No tickets are required – there will be a retiring collection.
The concert is in aid of the Friends of Wymondham Abbey, an independent charity, which raises money to help with many aspects of the life of the Abbey.
The programme will include Lenten classics such as Allegri’s famous Miserere and Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer which depicts Christ’s experience in the wilderness. His adorated arrival into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday is triumphantly reflected in Hosanna to the Son of David, set to music by the English renaissance composer Thomas Weelkes. There will also be an eight-part motet ‘Crucifixus’ by the 17th century Italian, Antonio Lotti.
Rob Goodrich, the Abbey’s Director of Music, will conduct the concert. Organ accompaniment will be provided by assistant organists Peter O’Connor and Mike Webb, who will both play organ solos.
Further details available from the Friends’ secretary Cherry Saunders on 01953 529085 or email, email@example.com
The popular annual Duck Races takes place on Easter Monday on the River Tiffey close to the Abbey at Becketswell.
Races start at 11am, ducks from just £1. There will be stalls, refreshments (including the ever popular bacon sarnies), chocolate tombola and duck tombola - lots of fun for all the family with free entry.
The races take place at Becketswell on the River Tiffey, just down from the Abbey heading towards the Mid Norfolk Railway. Races will be held in the Abbey if it’s bad weather.
Race tickets are available from The Abbey Shop, Garden Tea Rooms, Puff’s Toy Shop and Wardrobes – get yours now to avoid the queues on the day.
Pictured above is the Wymondham Abbey choir.