On a day when umbrellas were turned inside out and coats were saturated by wet and blustery June conditions (would you believe it) the choir were nevertheless pleased and privileged to entertain the guests at the wedding of Ceri Powell to Matthew Lewis at Caldicot’s St Mary’s Church.
The Choir was one more bass short as Ron attended to his duties as the bride’s father in his smart tailored grey frock coat, normal attire being builder’s overalls. The choir, expertly conducted by Shirley Ann James and accompanied by talented guest accompanist Gwyn Morgans with the wind howling around the stained glass windows, enthusiastically entertained the congregation with choruses of Llanfair, You Raise Me Up, O Gymru, Somewhere Out There, May You Always Have a Song, Wise Men Say (Only Fools Rush In) among others while the bride exercised her prerogative by being twenty five minutes late (usual problems with hair, apparently). Encouraged to smile by the minister, the congregation finally welcomed Ceri as she entered the church to the sounds of Canon in D by Pachelbel. ‘Who giveth this woman to this man’ was met by Ron’s resounding ‘I do!’. Did you really mean to be that enthusiastic, Ron?
Following the faultless reading of Corinthians 13 1-7, the giving and receiving of vows, prayers and signing of the register, the assembly stood while Ceri and Matt made their way down the nave to receive their guests before they braved outside conditions more reminiscent of November, while many of the choir retreated to the welcoming warmth of the Castle Inn opposite. Which is why there are no pictures of the choir. Sorry lads , you were too quick for me, but let’s congratulate Bass Ron Griffiths for completing his first performance with the choir. May you have many, many more.
Photos by Lyn