The Barbara Walton Singers
4.30pm Saturday 5th May 2018
Music from the Elizabethan and Jacobean Periods
Organist: Michael Lambert
Conductor: David Burrowes
History of Sandon Church
There has been a church at this site in Sandon since at least 1130. No traces of the Norman church remain as the church has been adapted and rebuilt from the late 13th Century onwards.
The service of evensong
The Barbara Walton Singers are greatly privileged to sing the service of Evensong at Sandon church, which as a grade 1 listed building possesses a wealth of history. This service compiled by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in the 16th century is one of the great cornerstones of the Anglican church. Sadly, because of a dearth of church choirs and organists and a desire to modernise the church it is celebrated infrequently nowadays in parish churches. The Barbara Walton Singers provide churches in the Stoke/Staffordshire area the opportunity to offer evensong to their parishioners. The music we will sing was composed soon after Cranmer's office of evensong had been written probably in the reign of Edward VI when the protestant church of England had been established by Edward's father, Henry VIII.