Monday, 15 December 2008

Open Your Mouth...& Sing!

Okay! – No hesitation in putting my hands up straight away folks…this fantastic photo taken inside Chichester Cathedral was not (unsurprisingly) taken by me!! – How did you guess I wonder?! .. In any case, methinks you've have sussed my photography skills very quickly.
Full credit for this little beauty goes to Steve Gold. Whilst searching for an unusual photo of Chichester Cathedral, this little treasure (gold/treasure..get it?!) popped up and I just had to write and ask if I could use it…not only did he say that I could use it but also informed me that this was 'the' photo that appeared on the front cover of the carol service programme from last year …so I reckon that must have been a good choice! …More of the talented Steve later…
What a fantastic feeling it is to just open your mouth and sing?! I appreciate my family may say I open my mouth a little too often anyway and a lot of rubbish comes out of it, but do you know I had quite forgotten just how good it feels. Having now belted out some fabulous traditional carols at Chichester Cathedral, I can now say, at last, I am ready for Christmas. As some of you know my family and I went to Chichester Cathedral on Saturday night for the BBC Southern Counties Radio Carol Service.
We almost had second thoughts when setting off in the terrible storms that lashed the south coast at the weekend, but so glad we did, it was a real treat to feel a part of the congregation amongst such history.
There’s something about collective worship in a place that is so old that touches me– Chichester Cathedral is celebrating its 900th Anniversary this year. The choirboys (why oh why were neither of my three boys choirboys?.. an inheritance of their mother's singing ability I suspect) from the Cathedral School almost looked like a scene from traditional Christmas card as they sang out the well known carols. The Christmas tree was simply decorated in some tasteful twinkly lights, which gave a lovely glow to the stonework.
The carol service was recorded by the BBC SCR to be aired on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We must have all been in fairly good tune, as there weren’t too many retakes at the end!
With a lovely meal to round off the day, we all seemed to agree that Christmas 2008 has arrived!
Back to Steve Gold - my ‘catch of the day’.. Steve comments on the above photo ‘Chichester Cathedral Light’ (which incidentally won Mayor’s Choice at the 11th Didcot Arts Festival/runner up at the Woodstock Photography Exhibition), he says; ‘a favourite of mine, capturing how the light from the stained glass windows falls on to the floor, and how the dappled rainbow of colours contrasts with the grey of the stone’.
…I bow down now to the talent of Mr Gold! – To see more of Steve’s work go to - a talented chap for sure.
And don’t forget if you want to listen to the BBC Carol Service from Chichester Cathedral – it is to be aired on Christmas Eve at 5pm and again on Christmas Day morning. -Online too for those of you too far away..
Go on your mouths and feels good!
Love Molly x


Auntie Joy said...

Hi Molly,
I just wanted to stop by and read a little more of your previous posts and I was surprised to see how few there were! You certainly caught on quick no one would guess you were a "newbie". I also love Christmas Carols and while no one enjoys my singing except me, I can't let that stop me! My little guy Sam is singing Jingle Bells all day long! So sweet!
Have a wonderful week!

Molly's Mellow Moments said...

Thanks AJ - Yes, indeed I am very much the new girl in class, but you experts have made me feel very much at home! - I am still learning by the day!
Ooooh! how I miss having little ones around singing their various carols and Christmas songs! ..Try getting our strapping 16yr old son to sing would take some very special miracle!! You enjoy young Sam!
Keep singing, ..keep 'joy'ful!
Molly x

willow said...

You are right! I do love it!! It is a fabulous photo. I would enjoy a program of live cathedral music this Christmas.

MaygreenFairies said...

Hi Molly, Just wanted to drop by and thank you for your lovely message left on my blog today. It's so great to hear from new people, I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and shall return.
Mandy x

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm so glad I stopped by! Your blog brightened my day!

dani said...

hi, molly, i'm relieved to know that you were swept away by music and not the storms!!! i love Christmas carols as well; how awesome it must have been to be in such a lovely and richly historical setting to enjoy listening and singing.
thank you for sharing the link:)
take care.

Trevor Weeks said...

Hi Molly,

Just found your website because of my picture of the badger and your link to WRAS's website.

This is one of my favourite pictures take of a road casualty badger found at Newhaven. The poor creature was very cold and could not maintain its body temperature so we had to wrap him up in blankets.

Thank you so much for your link and support for our charity.

Many Thanks and merry christmas and happy new year to you.

Trevor Weeks
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service

Reg Charity 1108880

Molly's Mellow Moments said...

Thanks Trevor
A pleasure indeed. Yes, it's one of my favourite photos - he just looks so vulnerable, bless him.
Keep up all your wonderful work and all the very best for 2009.
Molly x