Earlier this month, it was my pleasure to photograph the Friends of Romsey Abbey Music Epiphany Supper for social media and the Abbey’s parish magazine. I was chairman of the Friends for four years until 2016, and this is our annual fund-raiser.  Thanks to an outstandingly successful chorister recruitment campaign by our Director of Music, George Richford, we had outgrown our previous venue, the Abbey’s Church Rooms. The Vicar, the Revd Canon Tim Sledge, therefore kindly gave us permission to hold it in the Abbey itself for the first time.

The evening began with carols sung by the choir:

Choir singing at west end of Romsey Abbey beneath purple flood-lighting,, as the audience looks on

Candid moments at the dining tables:

Friends of Romsey Abbey Music Epiphany supper guests (1)

Friends of Romsey Abbey Music Epiphany supper guests (2)

Friends of Romsey Abbey Music Epiphany supper guests (3)

Even Sita, the Verger’s lucky black cat, put in an appearance:

Musical items followed the meal, including a rendition of the the Twelve Days of Christmas with enthusiastic audience particpation:

Friends of Romsey Abbey Music Epiphany supper guests in the Abbey nave

The Vicar spoke for everybody as he thanked the organisers at the end of the evening.

Canon Tim Sledge addressing guests at the Friends of Romsey Abbey Music Epiphany Supper

Nearly 120 people served from the Church Rooms, separate from the Abbey – a real feat!

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