Wiltshire Service of Celebration in Salisbury Cathedral

You might like to be aware that there is to be a Wiltshire Service of Celebration in Salisbury Cathedral to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Friday, 1 June at 6.00pm. The service is being organised by the Dean of Salisbury, The Very Reverend June Osborne, at the request of the Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Sarah Troughton. The service will include performances of two anthems – Sally Beamish’s ‘In The Stillness’ and Francis Jackson’s ‘Te lucis ante terminum’ – from the ‘Choirbook for the Queen’, a special collection of contemporary anthems published for the Jubilee. A set of the Choirbook has been presented to the Salisbury Cathedral Choir by Madeleine, Lady Bessborough, and this will be the first opportunity for the book to be used.


The service is open to all to attend. However, the Lord Lieutenant and the Dean of Salisbury very much hope that it will be possible for all Town and Parish Councils to be represented at this service to celebrate this memorable landmark for our Sovereign.


You might also like to know that prior to the service on 1 June, the Cathedral is hosting a short presentation by Mr Malcolm Tegg entitled “Vivat Regina: Recollections of a Coronation”. Mr Tegg sang at the Coronation as a boy chorister in the Eton College Chapel Choir. The presentation will take place in the North Transept of the Cathedral at 4.30pm and will last for approximately 45 minutes. He will recount his experience of that magnificent occasion, with records of some of the music sung at it. He also has a collection of Coronation memorabilia, which will be on display. A retiring collection will be taken at the end of Mr Tegg’s presentation for the Cathedral’s Choral Foundation.


It would be appreciated if you could kindly make members of your Council and local residents in your town or parish aware of this Service so that they may consider attending. You do not need to reply to this email. Thank you very much.


Received from the Lord Lieutenant’s Office

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