Posted: 31/03/2015 at 10:59
Still very very windy and noisy out there - just been sorting out the right tune for one of the hymns for Pa's Thanksgiving service. Nowadays For the Beauty of the Earth always seems to be sung to John Rutter's tune - it's lovely for a choir but not so good for a congregation to tackle on their own. I'm sure most people who come will be more familiar with the tune we sang it to as children 'English Lane' - hopefully the organist can lay his hands on the music.
The Thanksgiving service will end with Vaughan Williams' arrangement of the English folk song Seventeen Come Sunday - it's one of my favourite pieces of music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g7D9lNNcMg and used to introduce the tv programme Farming Diary that we watched at lunchtime on Sundays with Pa when we were children. A rather jaunty piece for the occasion, but hopefully old farming friends will get the significance