Past Activities

The choir visited the Cathedral Church of St Martin's Leicester to sing chroal evensong at the civic service to commemorate the birthday of King Richard III on Saturday 18th August 2018.

The choir visiteed St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St. Edmunds on Wednesday 11th April 2018 to sing Choral Evensong.

The Choir of the William Jewell University from Missouri, USA gave a concert in St Wulfram's church on 16th May 2018 in aid of trust funds.

The Memorial Concert for Philip Lank took place in St Wulfram's on Saturday 7th July 2018. It was extremely well attended by family, friends and local people. The programme includeD performances by past students and choristers and musical colleagues. The concert raised nearly £1900 which was split equally between 3 charities, The Friends of St Wulfram's, The Philip Lank Trust and Cancer Research UK. The Trust share was a significant contributor to purchasing new hymn books for the choir.

The choir visited the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Mary the Virgin of Worcester on Wednesday 25th October 2017 to sing Choral Evensong.

The choir sang Choral Evensong at St Paul's Cathedral, London on Tuesday 29th August 2017 in celebration of Joseph Beech coming to the end of his year as organ scholar at St Paul's

He took up his post of Assistant Master of the Music at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh in September 2017. Joseph was our first - and greatly talented - organ scholar at St Wulfram's whilst he was completing his secondary education in Grantham.

The choir was resident at St David's Cathedral for a week in August 2017.

A Festival Evensong was held at St Wulfram's on Saturday 15th July 2017 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of admitting girls to the St Wulfram's choir.

The choir sang Choral Evensong at St Lawrence's Sedgebrook on Sunday 30th April 2017 as part of the trust's outreach programme.

The choir visited Leicester Cathedral to sing Choral Evensong on Saturday 11th March 2017.

The girls' choir visited All Saints Cathedral Derby on Saturday 4th February 2017 to sing Choral Evensong.

The choir sang Choral Evensong at All Saints Hough-on-the-Hill on Sunday 29th January 2017 as part of the trust's outreach programme.

The choir completed a residency at Canterbury Cathedral on 22nd to the 24th October 2016 to sing Choral Evensong each day and a Choral Eucharist on the Sunday.

This was the second visit for the choir.

The choir visited the church of St John the Baptist Colsterworth on 25th September 2016 to sing Choral Evensong as part of the trust's outreach programme.

Richard Arundel and Julian Barber gave a Recital in St Wulfram's church Grantham on the 3rd September 2016 in aid of trust funds.

Richard (baritone) presented an entertaining blend of songs for a summer evening accompanied by Julian at the piano.

The choir visited Manchester Cathedral on Monday 15th August 2016 to sing Choral Evensong.

The choir visited St Chad's Welbourn on 29th May 2016 to sing Choral Evensong as part of the trust's outreach programme.

The folk duo An Dha gave a concert in aid of trust funds in St Wulfram's on Saturday 30 April 2016

An Dha means 'The Two' in Gaelic. Two musicians, two cultures, where the land and the sky meet, the Violin and the Cello, separate yet merging into one sound.

The two musicians are Jaya Hanley and Sarah James, graduates of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

The choir made its first visit to the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban on 18th February 2016 to sing Choral Evensong.

The choir made its first visit to sing Evensong at Norwich Cathedral on 28th October 2015.

A photo of the choir in Norwich appears in the Photo Library.

The choir took up its week long residency at St Paul's in London on 24th August 2015.

As well as singing Choral Evensong on four evenings, the choir made an impromptu visit to Tate Modern, and gave a rendering of Locus Iste in the Turbine Hall - much to the amazement and enjoyment of other tourists.

A photo of the choir in St. Paul's appears in the Photo Library.

The trust provided financial support so that no chorister was unable to participate for financial reasons.

Alexander Ardakov gave a piano recital on Saturday 27th June 2015 in St. Wulfram's.

This was Alexander's fourth visit to St Wulfram's and he played a popular program of pieces by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Grieg, Chopin and Liszt in aid of trust funds.

The William Jewell College Choir gave a concert in St. Wulfram's on Wednesday 20th May 2015.

The college is based in Missouri in the USA (where it obviously snows occasionally), and its students regularly come to study at Harlaxton College very near to Grantham. Many close links have been forged with Harlaxton over the years - and many of them are musical ones. Our Master of the Music at St Wulfram's, Dr Tim Williams teaches there.

The William Jewell College choir have been coming on tour regularly every 3 years, and always give a concert in St Wulfram's in support of various local charities. This year they donated funds to the trust and to the church music fund. .

The choir visited Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday 21st February 2015 to sing Choral Evensong.

It was a fantastic opportunity to visit this historic building and the choir gave such an excellent account of themselves - both musically and socially - that it has been invited back to do a week residency to sing evensong in 2016 - during half term - 24 -30th October.

A birthday concert was held in St. Wulfram's on Saturday 20th September 2014.

The trust celebrated Philip Lank's 90th birthday with a fund raising concert in aid of trust funds. What is more, Philip requested that anyone minded to give him a birthday presennt should consider making a donation to the trust instead. There was a large gathering of family and friends stretching back over his long service to the church and the community, and a substantial contribution to the Endowment fund was made as a result.

It is 30 years since Philip retired as organist and choir master at St. Wulfram's having been in post for 23 years. This cartoon by David Parkins was presented to him by the choir and congregation at his last service on Palm Sunday 1984. The cartoon alludes not only to his skill as an organist but to his delight in his long spells abroad in Malaysia examining for the Associated Board of the Royal Colleges of Music .

Richard Markham , who is a long standing friend and celebrated international pianist had volunteered his services, and the programme was shared with our 'own' Joseph Beech at the organ, a former choir member Jake Moffett who gave a very sympathetic rendering of a song cycle by Jack Quilter and the Chamber Choir who included a piece composed by Philip himself in their offering. The programme was greatly appreciated by the audience and by Philip himself.

Building a music library with help from the Ouseley Trust

The trust made an application to the Ouseley Trust in 2011 and we repeated the application in 2013 for funding support to continue both with the replacement of worn out music sets and addition of new sets, particularly of more modern music, and also to support the tuition of young organists. In 2014 we heard that a grant had been made to the trust. Our music repertoire has extended particularly into more modern settings and pieces, and there are two budding organists taking tuition who are showing very promising talent already. The trust is very grateful for the generosity of this foundation. There is more to do with the music library and in 2015, the trust will return to this.

Information about the Ouseley Trust may be found at their web site here

The choir made a return visit to York Minster on 28th July 2014 to sing 3 consecutive Evensongs.

This was our fourth visit. These trips are a major aspect of the churchís youth work, and the choisters greatly enjoy travelling away with the choir and the social programme that goes alongside singing choral service. As always the choir parents rally round and offer tremendous support to Tim, who takes much of the pastoral and musical responsibility.

One of the items in the music list was Francis Jackson's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G. We discovered on day 2 that the composer was attending Evensong. This put Tim and the choir on their mettle, and after the service the 96 year old Dr Jackson who had been Master of the Music at York for 34 years (1948 - 1982), came to talk to us and to compliment us on our rendering. This was a memorable occasion for the choir and for Tim!

The choir has also be made short visits to sing Choral Evensong at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 22nd February, to Ely Cathedral on Wednesday 28th May and to Durham Cathedral on Saturday 25th October.

Tim also hosted the Lincoln Area RSCM Festival at St. Wulfram's on Saturday 11th October, and in our spare time we visited Doncaster Minster on 23rd November to sing a Choral Evensong with their choir.

Installation of Revd Stuart Cradduck as our new Rector on Wednesday 7th May 2014 in St. Wulfram's.

The Bishop of Lincoln lead the service and there was a suitably exuberant choral offering to welcome Stuart and his family. Father Stuart is alreaady introducing changes to our pattern of services, and as a keen and professionlly trained musician himself, music features prominently in his ideas. The choir and congregation are in for some interesting and rewarding times ahead.

On 21st July 2013 at Choral Evensong

The choir said goodbye to our retiring Rector Christopher Andrews and his wife Christine. This was a both a sad occasion for us to lose such a strong supporter of the choir and the trust, but also a recognition that there was an opportunity for a new incumbent to bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm into the work of the church.

18th May 2013 Piano Recital by Alexander Ardakov

This return visit by Alexander was eagerly awaited. His appearance in 2012 drew an enthusiastic and appreciative audience and we hoped that his return would draw the same response. The disappointing sized audience thoroughly appreciated the varied programme that Alexander presented, but it left the trustees pondering the wisdom of competing with the fund raising for the Spire Appeal.

The St. Wulfram's Choir in 2013

This was a most exciting and rewarding year for the choir with hugely successful visits to St. George's Chapel Windsor in February and to St. Paul's (picture on the left) in September interspersed with visits to York and Lincoln.

The contrast between the intimacy of St. George's and the grandeur (and famous echo) of St. Paul's was huge. The precentor at St Paul's obviously approved of us, as he wasted no time in inviting us back for a longer visit - now scheduled for 24 - 27th August 2015.

And in between the grand occasions we made another outreach evensong visit to the parish church of St. John's in Buckminster, which was full to overflowing. The welcome and hospitality from the local congregation was wonderful and much appreciated by the choristers.

The choir visit to Salisbury Cathedral in October 2012

This classical rendering of the Cathedral by Constable does not prepare one well for the immensity of the space inside the building. The choir came to sing evensong here for three days, and found no difficulty in adjusting to the scale of the building. The costs of the visit were subsidised by the trust.

The ongoing story of Joe Beech's career on the organ bench

Joe was our Organ Scholar at St Wulfram's for 2 years, having been a chorister in the choir before. The trust subsidised his organ tuition and in September 2012 he came to the end of his secondary education at the King's School and moved on to the prestigious appointment as Organ Scholar to St. George's Chapel, Windsor to continue his organ studies prior to going to music college. The trust wished him well at his last Choral Evensong on 22nd July 2012 when we presented him with the Barenreiter edition of the 'Complete Organ Works' by JS Bach.

We continue to watch his career with great anticipation. He started a four year course at the Royal Academy of Music under David Titterington in September 2013 in fine style, being awarded an entrance scholarship by the Academy, and also Organ Scholarships St Paulís Cathedral, London; the London Oratory; HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace; and St Georgeís Chapel, Windsor Castle. Joe graduated in 2017 Securing his first post as Assistant Master of the Music at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh.

Occasionally we tempt him back to play for us. He continues to be a source of inspiration for our choristers. Tim currently has three choristers studying the organ with him, with some financial help being provided by the trust. We need to ensure an ongoing supply of organ scholars and home growing them is an ideal solution.

Saturday 7th July 2012 - An evening at Grantham House

The trust is most grateful to Mr and Mrs Herdman for allowing the trust to hold this fund raising event in their house in Castlegate. The event was very well attended and raised over £400.

As a result of which the trust was able to subsidise the St Wulfram Choir visit to Salisbury Cathedral where they sang evensong during the autumn half term.

27th May 2012 Richard Arundel (baritone) and Julian Barber (piano)

We were entertained with a varied programme of works by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Quilter and Vaughan Williams. This was most enjoyable, entertaining and delighted the audience.

25th February 2012 Piano Recital by Alexander Ardakov

The recital drew a large and enthusiastic audience which greatly admired his virtuoso performance particularly of the Liszt pieces. As a result Alexander has volunteered to return in 2013 to give another recital. We shall look forward to this greatly.

6 November 2011 Choral Evensong

This was no ordinary event! Bob Jeffreys completed 50 years in the choir in 2011, and the service held to mark the occasion was very well attended by members of the normal congregation with at over 30 ex choristers and clergy.

At his request, donations and the collection were distributed to assist in the purchase of music for the choir and to support the commissioning of a new carol by James Whitbourn. The trust was able to distribute over £750.

9 September 2011 St Wulfram's Choir visits Coventry Cathedral

Coventry is our Music Director's home city, so Tim was even more excited (and a little nervous) to be asked to take the choir to sing Choral Evensong here. He need not have been worried. The choir had a most interesting day and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of singing in a very unique setting.

14 May 2011 Piano Recital

Richard Markham has performed a number of times in Grantham with his fellow duettist David Nettle to great acclaim. This time he performed a very popular and entertaining programme of music and anecdotes to an appreciative audience of over 70 people in St Wulfram's.

The trustees are very grateful to Richard for giving his services to help raise money to support the trust's current expenditure plans.

3 April 2011 Choral Evensong for the girl trebles at St Wulfram's

Not to be outdone by the boys singing on 13th March, this was the girls' day. And now with a mixed back row they sang brilliantly. It is hoped, if the pattern of choral services increase, that this pattern of alternate boys and girls treble lines with them both coming together for special occasions will be our future.

13 March 2011 all male Choral Evensong at St Wulfram's

It is probably more than 15 years since the choir had the resources to mount an all male treble and alto line to sing choral evensong. It was with a sense of tradition restored that those 2 of us who were singing in the choir 15 years ago were able to hear the unique blend of voices on this significant occasion.

21 - 25 February 2011 Choir at York Minster

The choir spent the half term week in York and sang Evensong every day. This was a most exhilarating and memorable occasion for the 17 senior boys and girls and 16 adults. The choir were invited back to sing at the Minster again in February 2012, and have returned each year since.

The trust provided financial assistance for all the trebles to be able to attend.

23rd October 2010 - Psalm Workshop

This is the second workshop run by Paul Hale, Rector Chori and Cathedral Organist at Southwell Minster to address the quality of the choir's psalm singing. The first was very much appreciated, but with the regular turnover of Trebles it does need repeating occasionally.

The trust subsidised the cost of this workshop.

27 May 2010 An evening entertainment

This event raised significant funds for the trust. Richard Arundel (an ex chorister of St Wulfram's and St John's College Cambridge) kindly donated his services and at the last minute Tim Williams stepped in to accompany him.

22 May 2010 Workshop for adult voices

Howard Milner gave this excellent workshop on voice training.

The trust provided financial assistance for the event.

8 May 2010 Workshop for Treble voices

Rachel Godsill gave her second workshop for the trebles.

The trust provided financial assistance for the event.

10 October 2009 Choral Evensong for past clergy and members of the choir

This event was very well supported by well over 50 friends who have been in the choir or held a clerical appointment to St Wulfram's.